I confessed to my Facebook fans yesterday that I use an Excel spreadsheet to budget for and monitor holiday expenses. Some were horrified that I was even talking about the holidays when it’s only September, but others confessed they also used spreadsheets–and several asked to me to post the my version so they could check it out.
So, you can find it here. It certainly isn’t slick, but you may find it helpful. The first section helps you not only plan and budget for gifts, but allows you to keep track of what you’ve acquired and where you’ve hidden it.
There are sections for holiday decorating, entertaining and travel as well. The numbers included are just placeholders–you can replace them with your own.
You can also add extra lines (if you have more gift recipients, for example). As long as you do so above the lines that have “total” in them (gift total, decor total, etc.), your new line and its numbers should be included in the totals.
I’d love to hear if you think this will be helpful and if you have any suggestions for additions or improvements. Thanks!