For example, most people have no real idea of how much money they actually spend on food but when you create and maintain a budget, not only will your awareness rise, but much of the time your bank account will flourish as well. That's because most people find various ways of cutting corners once they realize how much they are truly spending. Instead of thinking a budget will end an era of eating out and renting videos, think of the incredible vacation you can have by limiting the activities you engage in now. In addition, many people on a budget find that they can engage in the same amount of activities they did before the budget only now they look for sales and eat out at places that are more budget friendly.
I've found that when creating a budgeting worksheet the best way to start is with a set up like this; _ Firstly, place your pay dates along the top (shown from A1 to G1). These can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly or any period that you normally work from. _ Then list out each income source and the amounts you receive from them. For irregular payments such as Christmas bonuses etc set up a row specifically for this and maybe name it "Other Income".