Traditional Approach: Cash Envelopes for all your Spend Categories _ One past useful money budgeting technique was to set up your saving and bill paying system using cash envelopes. Basically the cash envelope system consists of keeping separate envelopes for your spending categories and populating them with cash from your income source. Then when a bill comes due or you need to go shopping for food or an item you need, you simply pay for it with cash from the appropriate envelope _
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.