Alternative Approach: Use Virtual Envelopes for most of your Spend Categories _ In today's electronic world, there's a version of the envelope system that can take the old proven approach and revamp it for the 21st century: Virtual Envelopes. Built on the solid foundation of the Cash Envelope system, Virtual Envelopes works seamlessly with your existing cash envelopes and your budgeting worksheets. The only difference from Cash Envelopes is that for some budget categories you will now deposit the cash into your bank or credit union and manage those categories online, or "virtually." Hence, the term Virtual Envelopes.
You can easily create your own budgeting worksheets by accessing free worksheets online and then customizing them to your specific needs. This is one area where you definitely don't need to pay money unless, of course, they come with a software program you purchase. However, if you just want to make a list of your income and expenses that you will use to create a budget then you can find plenty of free examples online.