Virtual Envelopes can co_exist with Cash Envelopes just fine. Use the Virtual Envelopes for those monthly expenses that you would normally write a check or electronic payment. Examples would be mortgage/rent, taxes, car repairs, utilities, savings, debt pay_down, etc. Our budgeting worksheets incorporate the strategy of using Virtual Envelopes and help you set up your accounts accordingly. We define auto_pay, e_check, and other banking terms that will guide you to set up your Virtual Envelopes effectively in managing your monthly budget.
Tip _ Track you spending _ Tracking your spending for 30 days before creating a budget will give you the concrete numbers of how much you spend in each expense category every month. Many people are surprised to see how all the little purchases at up at the end of the month. By knowing how much you typically spend in each expense category you can now plan those expenses for the next month in your budget. _ Tip _ Plan for periodic expenses _ When creating a monthly budget that actually works you will need to plan ahead for periodic expenses such as car insurance (if not paid monthly), yearly car registration, gift giving, school shopping, and insurance deductibles just to name a few. If you estimate these expenses for the year and then divide by 12 you will get an amount that you can save each month for these expenses.