Another good example of the benefits of using a template as you create your budget is the category labeled vacation. While most people don't budget for their vacation on a monthly basis on their budgeting worksheet, experts suggest that you incorporate all of your one time or annual expenses into a workable monthly budget. This way, when vacation time rolls around, you will already have all the funds you need. Think of the other one time or annual expenses in your financial picture that you may need to plan for on a monthly basis.
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.