Most of us went all the way through school with little or no education on how to budget money. We learned a lot of useless stuff and evidently money was rated below that. Why don't they teach this in school well it could be because very few people have learned how to budget money including teachers. _ There are three things you need to know before you can even start to set up a budget. You need to know your income, you need to know your expenses,, and then you have to make adjustments so that your income is greater than your expenses. Pretty straightforward stuff right? Except very few people actually budget their money.
Your next task is to identify all your expense areas whether they're irregular or not. Set up two columns for each pay period (as shown below); IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE HERE The first column called "Bdgt" is the portion of your income that each expense area will be assigned. The total of this column should never exceed the income you receive for that period. The second column "Used" shows a negative amount and is a record of what has been spent from that period. The beauty of this system is that it will always give you a running balance.