Learn how to create a spending log in your bullet journal and get some inspiration from my bujo spread!
Many of you know that I have recently dived into the world of bullet journals (I’m late to the game… I know, I know). I’m having a blast creating money related bujo spreads.
Last week, I shared with you my money thoughts (mostly related to debt) in my brand spanking new bullet journal. This week, I’m sharing with you my spending log bullet journal spread.
I absolutely love spending logs because they make you think and evaluate each and every purchase. I talk a lot about spending logs here and why I think it’s the perfect alternative to the cash envelope system (which never worked for me!).
How to create a spending log in your bullet journal
The possibilities are endless here. You can tailor your spending log to whatever works best for you (that’s truly the beauty of bullet journals – each is unique).
In my spending log bullet journal spread, I included the date of the purchase, the store, the budget category, the amount ($) of the purchase, and whether it was a need or a want.
Here’s a list of some ideas of what to include in your spending log:
- Amount ($) spent
- Items purchased
- Budget category
- Balance (of the budget category after the expense)
- Need or want
- Planned or impulse purchase
- Payment method (cash, credit card, check, etc.)
- Personal or business expense
How often should you create a spending log?
I create a new spending log each month. However, if you get paid biweekly, you could create a spending log every other week. You can also create daily logs (perfect for the planner addict).
As with all things bullet journal, create a system that works for YOU (but who am I kidding…get some inspiration from others!).
Nope, no way, I can’t bullet journal
Hey there, not that creative? Don’t have a bullet journal or time for one? I’ve got a solution for you! Head over to my post about spending logs and download a free spending log worksheet. Super simple, just press print each month 🙂
Have you created a spending log in your bullet journal? If so, I’d love to see your creation (tag me in social media or email me a picture)!