Money Mapping (Budgeting)

Activity 6: Organize My Cash Expenses

(This activity is also available as a blank, downloadable and printable PDF – Download Blank Activity 6 Worksheet)

In this activity, you list your cash expenses and decide whether each one is a need or a want. You’ll use this information later when you put together your money map.

  • Step 1: Name each expense category and select either need or want for the expense.
  • Step 2: Write the amount you spent in each category next to the item.
EXAMPLE: Cash Expenses for SEPTEMBER
Expense DescriptionNeedWantAmount
1. Personal Care items from drug storeX$7.65
2. Meals eaten outX$9.20
3. Groceries from supermarketX$150.00
4. Doctor visit co-payX$25.00

For the best experience, please use a computer or tablet to complete the activities in this topic.

Expense Description Need Want Amount
Add another row
Total Monthly NEED Cash Expenses {{ total_need_expenses | toCurrency }}
Total Monthly WANT Cash Expenses {{ total_want_expenses | toCurrency }}
Total Monthly Cash Expenses {{ total_need_and_wants | toCurrency }}

Activities 7 and 8 create two more lists: “Recurring Monthly Expenses” and “Credit/Debit Card Charges.”

The good news is that you don’t have to wait a month to create these lists.