Now we have reached the make adjustments phase, subtract your expenses from your income and if you have some money left over at the end of the month you have got yourself a budget. Realistically most people will not have a workable budget at this point, again it's not really your fault if you don't have a budget, because nobody ever took the time to show you how to set up a budget, much less help you stay on a budget. It doesn't take a rocket scientist at this point to figure out that you should reduce your nonessential spending habits and that's what they usually are is habits, they are your wants, not your needs. Pare your expenses down so you have some money left over at the end of the month and you now have your first monthly budget.
Mint.com _ The guys at Intuit are at it again and have created a wonderful tool for helping individuals and families track their finances. Their unique and highly secure site enables you to keep track of your spending, set up budgets, shows you how you measure up to your budget, gives you suggestions, and has the ability to set up alarms for you on your financial accounts on any suspicious activity. This is a very user friendly site and works very well for budgeting. _ Wesabe Another good tool to look into is called Wesabe. This is another online application that does a lot of what Mint.com does, but they have added a community touch to it. They say that they "believe that one person's good financial decision can be leveraged to an entire community. Experts call this collective intelligence. And we have a whole community of people reaping the rewards of it every day. Find solutions to your money problems... you're not alone in wanting a better financial life." In doing some research I have found most users feel like their user interface is not as friendly as Mint's. Still a good tool. _ Quicken One of the more popular personal finance tools, Quicken has recently become a free online tool to compete with the other free applications online. Quicken has been around for a while and has many useful applications. _ JustThrive.com _ Not as well known, but very good online application to help you with your budgeting needs and it does so much more. Geezeo _ To finish off the list, Geezeo is another new online tool that is free, like all of these suggestions.