Tip _ Track you spending _ Tracking your spending for 30 days before creating a budget will give you the concrete numbers of how much you spend in each expense category every month. Many people are surprised to see how all the little purchases at up at the end of the month. By knowing how much you typically spend in each expense category you can now plan those expenses for the next month in your budget. _ Tip _ Plan for periodic expenses _ When creating a monthly budget that actually works you will need to plan ahead for periodic expenses such as car insurance (if not paid monthly), yearly car registration, gift giving, school shopping, and insurance deductibles just to name a few. If you estimate these expenses for the year and then divide by 12 you will get an amount that you can save each month for these expenses.
First of all you need to know how much money you earn, for some people this is easy you look at your Wθ form and there it is, but for seasonal workers, small business people, it gets a little more complicated than that. If you receive income from a lot of different sources for a realistic value of what you actually earn itemize them, put them down on paper. Include all income, now is not the time to be hide money from the IRS you are just fooling yourself, you need to have factual figures here of your true income otherwise you will actually think you're in good financial shape because you know you got this extra income somewhere, but that's not always true.