Your Next Step _ Any time of the year is a great time to take inventory of your current financial position. Check out Virtual Envelope resources including our Personal Finance book and corresponding Budgeting Worksheets and put Virtual Envelopes to work for you. At our blog, you'll find a whole host of articles that will help you get started. If you need one_on_one coaching, we can help you with that too with our personalized Budgeting Coach. It will be well worth the investment of your time.
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.