Traditional Approach: Cash Envelopes for all your Spend Categories _ One past useful money budgeting technique was to set up your saving and bill paying system using cash envelopes. Basically the cash envelope system consists of keeping separate envelopes for your spending categories and populating them with cash from your income source. Then when a bill comes due or you need to go shopping for food or an item you need, you simply pay for it with cash from the appropriate envelope _
A list of your income and expenses, no matter how complete, is not a spending plan, but is the information you need to create a spending plan. And, a paycheck_by_paycheck spending plan will help ensure the success of, or at least help prevent the failure of your budget.