First, when it comes to a budget you have to have an idea of what amount of money you are going to make each year, month, week, and even day in some cases. You also have to know how to properly use extra money that was not figured into your budget. It is always better to figure on making less and spending more than making more and spending less. Second, if you struggle with budgeting, then using budgeting worksheets might help you. These can be printed out or just kept on your computer if you prefer. Most of the budgeting worksheets that are out there will break everything down into the categories for the bills that you need to pay. This is very helpful and will allow you to stick to the budget you set up for yourself.
Mint.com _ The guys at Intuit are at it again and have created a wonderful tool for helping individuals and families track their finances. Their unique and highly secure site enables you to keep track of your spending, set up budgets, shows you how you measure up to your budget, gives you suggestions, and has the ability to set up alarms for you on your financial accounts on any suspicious activity. This is a very user friendly site and works very well for budgeting. _ Wesabe Another good tool to look into is called Wesabe. This is another online application that does a lot of what Mint.com does, but they have added a community touch to it. They say that they "believe that one person's good financial decision can be leveraged to an entire community. Experts call this collective intelligence. And we have a whole community of people reaping the rewards of it every day. Find solutions to your money problems... you're not alone in wanting a better financial life." In doing some research I have found most users feel like their user interface is not as friendly as Mint's. Still a good tool. _ Quicken One of the more popular personal finance tools, Quicken has recently become a free online tool to compete with the other free applications online. Quicken has been around for a while and has many useful applications. _ JustThrive.com _ Not as well known, but very good online application to help you with your budgeting needs and it does so much more. Geezeo _ To finish off the list, Geezeo is another new online tool that is free, like all of these suggestions.