At the end of the week, transfer all your purchases to your monthly expense record worksheet. On this worksheet, you will have a comprehensive view of all expenses for the month and how much you spent in each category such as food, household, and medical just to name a few. You will also record your monthly expenses such as utilities, car payment, credit card payments, and investments.
Virtual Envelope Advantage : It's Easy to Get Started _ To get started, ask your bank if they can set up your Virtual Envelope budget categories as sub_accounts underneath your savings account. There should be no charge for doing this. If your bank will not provide this service for free, check around for other financial institutions in your area, including your local credit union. I've done virtual enveloping for about 30 years through a couple different credit unions. I've also had a couple colleagues using this approach. So don't take "sorry, we can't do that" as an answer from your existing financial institution.