I'm a big believer in the notion that cash is king when it comes to paying for items. If you don't have the cash, you can't afford the item and shouldn't buy it. Traditional means of budgeting to help curb spending is the Cash Envelope system. But there are clearly some disadvantages of that. There's also a 21st century version of the Cash Envelope system called Virtual Envelopes. We'll explore how you can implement a Virtual Envelope system using your budgeting worksheets.
Another good example of the benefits of using a template as you create your budget is the category labeled vacation. While most people don't budget for their vacation on a monthly basis on their budgeting worksheet, experts suggest that you incorporate all of your one time or annual expenses into a workable monthly budget. This way, when vacation time rolls around, you will already have all the funds you need. Think of the other one time or annual expenses in your financial picture that you may need to plan for on a monthly basis.