Monthly Expense Record Worksheet _ After you have filled out your weekly worksheet for a given week, you will want to transfer all spending and expenses over to the monthly expense record worksheet. It is very helpful to first fill out the weekly expenses report worksheet because people forget to record certain spending when just using the monthly expense record worksheet along. After filling out these two worksheets you will have effectively tracked your spending for the month. Using the monthly expense record worksheet, you will now have the information you need to create a working budget for next month.
Virtual Envelope Advantage : It's Easy to Get Started _ To get started, ask your bank if they can set up your Virtual Envelope budget categories as sub_accounts underneath your savings account. There should be no charge for doing this. If your bank will not provide this service for free, check around for other financial institutions in your area, including your local credit union. I've done virtual enveloping for about 30 years through a couple different credit unions. I've also had a couple colleagues using this approach. So don't take "sorry, we can't do that" as an answer from your existing financial institution.