Create your first budget

Creating strong budget habits early in adult life is essential to building a pathway to financial independence. Here are some easy budgeting templates to help keep spending in check and savings on the rise.

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Simple monthly budget

Master your money with this easy monthly budget. It summarizes what you earn and what you spend to help you plan for your long and short-term goals.

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Smart money with Money in Excel

Money in Excel can help you take control of your finances. It's the only template that securely connects to your financial institutions to import and sync accounts into an Excel spreadsheet. Track finances and get personalized tips without ever leaving Excel.

Note: Money in Excel is a premium template available as part of a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription and is currently only available in the United States.

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Pay off loan vs. invest

Should you pay off your student loans or invest your extra cash? This calculator compares investment options so you can make an informed decision.

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Buy a car vs. ride share

Use this worksheet to determine if you should buy a car or use ride share. It considers factors and provides color-coded graphs to summarize your options.

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Rent affordability calculator

This rent affordability calculator suggests a range of rents based on your income, accounts for utilities, and targets an amount to save before you move.

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Apartment feature checklist

After you’ve saved enough, use this customizable apartment feature checklist to help you find the ideal place to live.

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