Already know all about the Home Finance Binder System from previous posts? This is the first in a 3-part series.
This post was updated on June 14, 2020
Once upon a time (2014 to be exact), a young, married 20-something career girl realized her money tracking methods were in disarray and she had a terrible spending problem.
She knew all about balancing a checkbook, paying off the credit card each month, and all the stuff they teach you in high school Home Ec.
But in the end, she and her husband had no control of the money in their bank account.
As a problem-solving, action-taking girl, she promptly created the Home Finance Binder System to keep them accountable.
How the Home Finance Binder System Changed Our Life
Hey there, friend. I’m Jessica.
I’m a 30-something wife & mama of two on the path towards financial independence as part of our family’s journey to simplify our entire life and ultimately, do less.
It’s been 6+ years since we started this journey with the Home Finance Binder System as our home base.
With it, my husband and I have been able to:
- Pay off 100% of our student loans.
- Buy a beautiful, right-sized home with a very low mortgage interest rate.
- Pay off our first car, and intentionally finance a 2nd car at 0%, while quickly increasing our cash cushion every single month!
- Gut & remodel our master bathroom with cash.
- Consistently maintain a credit score of over 800 (even hitting 850 at one point – didn’t even know that was possible)!
There are quite a few layers in our home finance management process.
In this post, I’m teaching you how to Create Your Binder in Part 1 of my 3-Part Series.
My hope is that you’ll discover energy & momentum to dive right into a better home finance management system for your family today.
You can start for free on a No Spend Challenge with this starter kit.
OR, if you’re already convinced you need to take action to budget, then I invite you to invest in your financial future with immediate access to the Home Finance Binder System here.
Everything you need is in the playbook and worksheets, including everything you see in the post below (except for the binder supplies!), plus so much more!
Create Your Home Finance Binder
Gather Your Supplies
The core of the entire Home Finance Binder System is, of course, your binder!
To get started, gather supplies you already have on hand, or feel free to grab supplies from Amazon.
- Home Finance Binder System (includes a step-by-step Playbook, all worksheets & a few fun bonuses, too)
- 1 – 2” 3-Ring Binder
- 1 – Set of 8 Pocket Dividers with Tabs
- 1 – 3-Ring Pocket Folder
- 1 – 3-Ring Zipper Pouch
- 1 – 3-Ring Hole Punch
- 1 – Self-Laminating Letter Size Sheet
- Choice of pens, post-its, planner stickers, etc.
- Access to a Color or Black/White Printer, Paper & Ink
Create Your Binder
Setting up a fresh binder is so much fun!
There’s nothing like it and if you know, you know ;)
Go ahead and start by labeling your tabs.
Here’s what I recommend:
Each of these tabs coincides with the worksheets available in the Home Finance Binder System (as you’ll see below).
In the past, I used a different structure for my tab labels, but I’ve discovered over time that this exact order works best.
Assuming you’re an “easy button” kinda woman, then I know you’re already about to join in on the Home Finance Binder System.
To sweeten the pot, I’ve included 3 individual designs for the worksheets as a bonus!
The design photographed is just ONE of 3 options. Before you start printing worksheets, make sure to choose your favorite.
Here are the 3 options available right now in the Home Finance Binder System:
Download & Print Worksheets
This is the LAST step before you have a fresh binder ready to customize with your own financial information.
Using each tab as a guide, follow these instructions for printing your first set of worksheets.
Ahead of All Tabs
Print the current & future Monthly Calendar pages. These pages are dated and ready to roll through December 2021.
Fun Fact: Home Finance Binder System mamas get free annual updates each year for the life of the program (2022 released in Dec 2020, and so on).
Print 1 Account Checklist set, 2 Bill Schedule pages, and 1 Monthly Budget Forecast page.
Print 1 Expense Budget and 1 Notes page for each budget interval. For example, if you’re budgeting monthly, print 1 set for as long as you’d like to have on hand.
Also print 1 Historical Spend worksheet for every 6 individual categories you want to analyze. This will likely be about 1-3 pages per month, depending on your current spending habits. I recommend 6 pages up front, which should cover you for 3 months in the Phase 3 lesson.
Print 3 Cash Flow Planners, 3 Expense Records, and 6 Check Register pages. Label the Check Register page numbers up front so they’re in order (“YYYY-01” to “YYYY-06”).
Print 1 Income Record page for each adult receiving income.
Print 1 Savings Goal page for each individual savings goal you already have or want to create.
Print 1 Investment Record page for each individual investment you already have or want to have.
Print 1 Loan Payoff page for each individual loan outstanding.
There’s nothing to print for this tab. All of your paper bills will get hole-punched and placed in this section. Easy peasy!
What are you waiting for, mama?! Make that binder!
What you just read is a portion of Phase 1 in the Home Finance Binder System process.
You’ll discover in the Home Finance Binder System that before moving onto the bill pay process (which is Part 2 in this blog series), you’re guided through a complete declutter of all your financial paperwork. End-to-end, no stone left un-turned.
If you’re done tolerating the haphazard financial tracking and are ready to get control of your finances to the point where you actually KNOW what you’re spending, then come on in, friend, I’ve got just the thing for you!