The use of budgeting worksheets will make the process of creating and maintaining a budget so much easier. Many people don't live within a budget simply because they find the process of creating a budget so overwhelming. While it can be difficult to account for every dime you spend across several categories, the rewards of doing so can have a huge, positive impact on your future.
Your next task is to identify all your expense areas whether they're irregular or not. Set up two columns for each pay period (as shown below); IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE HERE The first column called "Bdgt" is the portion of your income that each expense area will be assigned. The total of this column should never exceed the income you receive for that period. The second column "Used" shows a negative amount and is a record of what has been spent from that period. The beauty of this system is that it will always give you a running balance.