How I Aim Stick to Daily Budgets and Never Overspend Again

Redesigning the Google Sheets Expense Tracker Template

Gracia Kleijnen
Google Sheets Geeks
3 min readJun 26, 2024

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Updated monthly expense tab tracking section with days left in this month, total daily budget, how much you can spend per week, and how much money you want to withdraw for the week.
All screenshots made by the author

Remember the Google Sheets expense tracking template?

Screenshot of expense tracking overview tab with total income, total expenses, and money saved.
All screenshots made by the author

A few years back, I added budget sections to the Overview tab.

Here, you define how much money you’d ideally like to spend per spending category (e.g. on food, clothes, travel).

Budget section on overview tab of Expense tracking google sheets template. Boxes showing the actual amount spent, the budget for the month, and the difference between the two

At the beginning of the month, the “Diff.” box (Difference between Actual Money Spent and Budget for the month) is green.

Should you overspend in that category, the “Diff” box turns red.

In theory, I’d regularly check whether my spending is still within budget.

But in reality, I put some arbitrary numbers in these boxes, switch to the monthly tab, and forgot something like a budget existed.

No wonder I keep overspending.

Reducing my overspending habit

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Gracia Kleijnen
Google Sheets Geeks

Sheets & comics creator. Words on YT, relationships, mental health, productivity & self-development in 35+ pubs. 📕Book author: https://bit.ly/Gracia-Book