Additionally, set up your savings, checking and the sub_savings accounts to have internet_access via your home computer, free of charge. This will allow you the convenience of budgeting and bill paying from the comfort of your home. If you are uncomfortable using internet_access for banking purposes, there are just a couple things to be aware of and you will be fine. First, only use a reputable bank or credit union. They have the best security in place for all of your data access requirements. Follow their password guidelines and change your password regularly. In my book, I dedicate an entire chapter to Virtual Envelopes and how to set up your sub_accounts.
Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.