Complete a Budget Worksheet _ I would urge everybody to sit down with a budget worksheet once in awhile. But you really need to do this if you think your finances are out of control. The form should not take that long to fill out either. It is not important for you to be 100% accurate. It is important for you to understand how your family finances are working for you.
Credit and debit cards can lure you into spending frenzy that can spiral out of control before you know it. Have you ever come to the end of the month and asked, "Where did all the money go?" The convenience of plastic has made it far too easy to make purchases that we might not make if we had to dip into our wallet and make a cash purchase. _ Studies have shown that spending increases as the means to pay for an item becomes easier. In other words credit cards have made buying transactions easier, so we're more likely to buy stuff without concern, until the bill comes at the end of the month! Likewise, new 'pay with a wave' credit cards will make it easier still and foster even more poor spending habits.