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
Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.