At the end of the week, transfer all your purchases to your monthly expense record worksheet. On this worksheet, you will have a comprehensive view of all expenses for the month and how much you spent in each category such as food, household, and medical just to name a few. You will also record your monthly expenses such as utilities, car payment, credit card payments, and investments.
Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.