We have all heard the saying "Pay Yourself First" when it comes to creating wealth and a budget. But more importantly than that is to allow for a little mad money for yourself and your spouse. The lack of a little fun money is the number one reason most budgets don't work.
After you have track your spending for a month, you now have the information you need to create a monthly budget. Now you know exactly how and what you spend your money on. If you did not have a surplus of money at the end of the month, you can now see area where you can trim your spending in order to operate you budget with a surplus next month.