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.
You have to start somewhere and a budgeting worksheet can make the dreaded task of budgeting much easier. Whether you use computer based software or plan to keep your budget on paper, a worksheet can help you to brainstorm the categories you will need to budget for. While most of them will be slightly different than the budget you eventually come up with, they can serve as a helpful tool that will make the entire process much easie