The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.
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.