Next, you will want to fill out a monthly financial report worksheet where you record you income and come up with your net spendable income after taxes and any charitable giving. Then you want to take your totals from your monthly expense record worksheet and fill in all amounts in the categories such as household, food, medical, transportation, and recreation just to name a few. When you total up your expenses and subtract them from you net spendable income you will see if you have a surplus or not.
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.