Mistake _ Not Tracking Your Spending and Expenses _ It is impossible to keep to your monthly budget if you fail to track your spending. It is recommended that you fill out both a weekly expenses report and a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses. It you don't track you spending you will not know what areas of your budget you need to adjust for next month.
You should be able to document your income, expenses, and (hopefully) savings every month. If your income minus expenses is a positive number, you can relax a little. You still may want to work on your budget so you can save more for an emergency or retirement. If that number comes out negative, you could be in big trouble. Spending more money than you make means you must rely on credit. In turn, this means you are setting yourself up for more trouble because those credit card payments will get higher every month.