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.
Mistake _ Not Tracking Your Spending and Expenses _ It is impossible to keep to your monthly budget if you fail to track your spending. It is recommended that you fill out both a weekly expenses report and a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses. It you don't track you spending you will not know what areas of your budget you need to adjust for next month.