Planner Nerd | Free Printable Finance Tracker


I am a self-confessed notebook geek, to-do list junkie, or maybe borderline planner nerd. It’s how I push myself to be productive and accountable. It just gives a different sense of accomplishment every time I happily tick off some items off my list. Plus, I’m old school. So apologies to my environmentalist friends, but I can’t go purely paperless. I tried working on apps though, but I failed. I still like good ol’ trusty paper better than the screens of gadgets.

Anyways, one of my major goals for this year is to have my finances on track — you know, income, savings, investments, and expenses. I’d like to have an honest-to-goodness look at the state of my finances. What better way to do that than to properly list down my cash inflow and outflow, right? So this year, this beautiful A5-sized fauxdori Macata Travelers Notebook purchased at CN Paper Crafts will be dedicated for my personal finance tracker.


DIY Planner Inserts

More important than the attractive exterior of every planner is of course what is actually inside it. I found a number of budget planners / finance management printables online, but none actually that perfectly suits my needs. The solution is pretty clear: design my own. Links to the downloadable pdf files of the finance tracker can be found below this post. Read on to have a sneak peek and know how to use the pages.


What’s in the finance tracker?

There are two files at the bottom of this post. One is specifically for January; the other is for the rest of the year. The difference is the bill tracker or recurring expenses section, which will only appear in the first booklet (January).

The contents of the tracker are as follows:

Cover page

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It keeps everything look clean and properly labeled. I use this page as a divider for each month of the year, and I label each month using stickers.


Financial Goals

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When is comes to achieving financial freedom, sometimes the most difficult thing to do is simply getting started. The best way to start is clearly setting your financial goals. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true.

Remember to have S.M.A.R.T. goals — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time- bound. Thus, on the first table, there is a column for timeframe and status.

There is also space allocated to describe goals in terms of income, expenses, savings, and investments.


Recurring Expenses

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The next spread is the bill tracker. Admittedly, I easily get lost in bills and forget due dates. It is important for me to keep a record of recurring expenses. I list down my annual and monthly dues then simply mark the boxes every time payment is completed.


Income Tracker

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For freelancers who work on a number of projects, i.e., with numerous income streams the income tracker is important. A careful analysis of this page will help me figure out which areas can be adjusted to maximize income.


Savings and Investments Tracker

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This is the section for wealth building. For my financial tracker, I have identified some areas I intend to focus on:

  • Emergency Fund – This is the rainy day fund. This will be my source of money in cases of emergency such as illnesses, layoff / resignation from jobs, repair and maintenance of computers, etc. Ideally, the emergency fund should be about 3-6 months’ worth of income.
  • Travel Fund – This is my mad money, something I spend when I travel to de-stress and detoxify.
  • Liabilities – I have annual dues for insurances, life plans, etc. To make it more bearable and easy on the pocket, I can save up on a monthly basis. For example, for an insurance with an annual payment of Php 20,000, an amount of Php 1,666.67 can be alloted on a monthly basis.
  • Retirement Fund, Housing Fund  – These are my big goals for this year. So yes, working on that.
  • Stocks and Mutual Funds – It is also important to have some amount allotted to build up my financial portfolio.

The table below is the tracker if I have successfully saved up fo each of those goals. It might be helpful to keep the savings account separate from the bank account used for expenses.


Expenses Tracker

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This is quite straightforward. It’s a record of everything I pay for. And I mean EVERYTHING, which explains why I had three pages of expenses tracker. Not that I reallllly spend too much. :p


Monthly Summary

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At the end of each month, there’s a monthly summary sheet. This is to keep track of where we are on our goals at the beginning  the month. Notes will be for achievements unlocked and/or lessons learned and/or areas to work on.


There you have it — a finance tracker for the planner nerd. 🙂


Some important notes

  • For a full year, you would need to print one set of tracker for January and eleven (11) copies of the Feb-Dec file.
  • This is for A5 size only.
  • The files are in .pdf format to preserve formatting. If you need the .docx file you can edit, leave a comment below or shoot me a message.
  • This can be printed using A4 paper. Please see instructions on printing below.


How to Print the Finance Tracker

The easiest way to print an A5 book is to set your printer to “booklet” format. Like this:

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I just print on A4 size paper and just fold it in half, and it’s ready to use. Easy-peasy, right?


How to Assemble the Planner

I printed one copy for January and eleven of Feb-Dec. I carefully glued the sheets together and bound them into two separate notebooks using a specialty board.


I then wrapped the notebook with an A4 sized plastic envelope, which I use to store trinkets such as post-its, stickers, and receipts.

Download your finance tracker here:

  1. for January
  2. for February to December


Financial Empowerment with Lenddo

On October of 2010, during my first-ever stint as a speaker (naks!), I spoke about the need of businesses to be visible in social media.  Social Media is a wide landscape.  It includes blogs, microblogs, social networking sites, games, etc., etc., etc.  Let’s face it.  Social media now takes up a huge chunk of our daily lives.

As if the number of hours we spend on the internet is not enough, now enters Lenddo on the social media arena — the world’s first credit scoring platform that combines community-based microfinance techniques with social media profile data.

What is Lenddo?
Lenddo is an online website where users can engage their social networks to get access to low-interest loans and financial tips. Its mission is “to help members invest in themselves and their community.”

Lenddo funds loans for life-improvement purposes, including business,healthcare,education,professional training, and home repair.

How can you apply for a loan?
Applying for a loan is easy.

  1. Join and build trust connection. Fill out all your information; link your social networks; and invite your family, friends, and co-workers.
  2.  Enter all your information. Fill out employment and financial information.
  3. Click on the Loans tab on your dashboard.
  4. Fill up the loan form. 

Here’s a presentation to give you a better understanding:


View more presentations from Lenddo

How long does it take to process a loan?

Lendo’s commitment to its member is to process loan application within one (1) business day as long as the information provided is complete and correct.  Funds will then be deposited into a specified bank account which should be under the member’s name.

How much does Lenddo loan?
Lenddo currently funds loans up to a minimum of 5,000 Php and a maximum of 43,000 Php.
How much does it cost? And what are the payback periods?
Interest rates are dependent on your Lenddo score, and local rates and terms range from 3 months to a year.

What fascinates me about this service is its quick processing.  More often than not, loans are needed for emergencies, and we simply cannot afford the time it usually takes for bank loans to be processed.  With Lenddo, it takes 10 minutes to apply, and 1 business day to ease your financial worries.  And hey, everything happens online, thus reducing the carbon footprint.

I may not be a huge fan of loans, but just in case one day I need it, it’s good to know there’s Lenddo. 🙂

For more details about Lenddo and its services, click HERE.


Investments and the Internet

Recently, in our Financial Management class, we’ve been discussing about investments – how to invest, where to invest, and how to manage investments.  We also tackled about the importance of diversification of businesses, which is one great way of reducing the risk of losses. Diversification is simply investing in two or more industries which are negatively correlated1.  In simplest terms, it is putting your money in many baskets.
One of the investments that I’ve been eyeing for the longest time is real estate. I have dreamt of building an apartment building or perhaps buy a condo unit or a house as an investment. I’d have them rented out and then there’s a steady flow of income. I had this idea since 2 or 3 years ago while working in Cebu.  I have experienced how hard it was to look for a place to live in. Thank God for internet, house hunting is now a whole lot easier and faster. I stumbled upon AyosDito, which literally translates to “It’s okay here.”  True to its name, the site was really a-okay -– super easy to navigate. Just type in “apartment for rent” in the search box, choose the location and there you go! Ha, look at that!
 Then I figured, if and when I have enough funds to finally buy a pad, a house or an apartment, I’d just post it in Nice noh? Ayos nga Dito sa! :DIn
1Note:  For diversification to effectively reduce risk of losses, the businesses you put your money in should be negatively correlated, i.e., if one industry does well with a boost in economy, the other business should do well during a recession. To illustrate, investment in both the automotive industry and debt collection business is said to be a diversified business portfolio.