Alternative Approach: Use Virtual Envelopes for most of your Spend Categories _ In today's electronic world, there's a version of the envelope system that can take the old proven approach and revamp it for the 21st century: Virtual Envelopes. Built on the solid foundation of the Cash Envelope system, Virtual Envelopes works seamlessly with your existing cash envelopes and your budgeting worksheets. The only difference from Cash Envelopes is that for some budget categories you will now deposit the cash into your bank or credit union and manage those categories online, or "virtually." Hence, the term Virtual Envelopes.
When you deposit money from your income source, you simply allocate the appropriate dollar amounts to the budget category accounts, based on your spending plan or budgeting worksheet. It's easy to move money around your various spending categories or budget category accounts whenever you need to. When a bill comes due, you simply transfer money from the budget category account to your checking and then electronically pay the bill. It's easy and extremely fast once you set it up through your banking institution.