Post # 1
Can anyone recommend a GOOD budget tracker? I am signed up to both WeddingWire & TheKnot but I HATE HATE HATE that neither site lets me enter my budget for each individual item but instead already fills in what they think each category should be budgeted as. I want to have the freedom to enter my total budget and then for each category fill in what my budget I have set aside for each is.
Post # 3
I used an Excel spreadsheet so I could do all my own budgeting.
ETA: I also signed up for both WW and TK and was able to modify my budget from what they suggested on both.
Post # 4
@abbie017: I second this. I use an excel sheet for my budget and different tabs/sheets to keep track of prospecitive/additional information.
Post # 5
@abbie017: really??? I have tried and it just will not edit. I will look into it again. Thanks!
Post # 6
I like the one I use on my iPad, I’ll look up the name. It tells you what’s typical for each category, but allows you to set your own targets. The Knot one just makes the typical expenses your budget, and to me it’s not as useful. Like, we’re having the ceremony and reception in the same place, so our transportation cost is $0, but the app will allocate money to it anyway and not let me change. I also plan on using excel to keep track of payments/dates, but for a clueless couple, it was nice to see how a wedding budget was typically portioned.
Post # 7
@SM_xo: I’m using weddingwire and it lets you override their suggested budget to what you want it to be. It will then ask you where to re-allocate the extra funds. But I started out using an excel spreadsheet because it was the most flexible.
Post # 8
@urbanriceball: thanks! I just figured out how to change it – it’s way better than the one on TheKnot!
Post # 9
I used those, but I liked Excel the best. I guess I just liked building my own and adding other information I never would have gotten on those website based ones. I also used lots of tabs so I had things like addresses and guest lists and budget all in one file.
And you should be able to edit those budgets on WW and TK, I just didn’t like them and thought they took more time to use than a simple excel file.
Post # 10
We are using Google Docs to keep track of ours.
Post # 11
I’m awful at excel or I would prob use that over these budget trackers… formulas are not my friend lol
Post # 12
We are also using a google docs spreadsheet for ours.
Post # 13
@SM_xo: I use the Clever Bride budget tracker, it’s an excel spreadsheet. I love it!
Post # 14
i also created my own excel spreadsheet to keep track of all money spent, deposits put down, and what was still owed.
i didn’t use any crazy formulas. just summing categories, some addition and subtraction.
Post # 15
I created an excel file for it. Listed out each item, what my budget for it was, what the actual price ended up being, what’s been paid so far (and by whom), what we owe (and when it’s due). None of those online tools let me track it quite the way I wanted, it was easier to make my own. I did use those lists as a starting point for what all needed to be included and how much to budget. Then I’ve tweaked along the way.
Post # 16
I use google docs and made my own spreadsheets. This way, I can easily change the amount/quantity of things and I’ll know how much they will cost.