Second, and more importantly, this method doesn't provide any real guidance on what to do with money as it comes in. You're left to try to figure it out as you go. Mistakes are made...frustration sets it... you give up. That's because your budgeting worksheets are missing the most crucial part of any budget _ the spending plan.
Alternative Approach: Use Virtual Envelopes for most of your Spend Categories _ In today's electronic world, there's a version of the envelope system that can take the old proven approach and revamp it for the 21st century: Virtual Envelopes. Built on the solid foundation of the Cash Envelope system, Virtual Envelopes works seamlessly with your existing cash envelopes and your budgeting worksheets. The only difference from Cash Envelopes is that for some budget categories you will now deposit the cash into your bank or credit union and manage those categories online, or "virtually." Hence, the term Virtual Envelopes.