Complete a Budget Worksheet _ I would urge everybody to sit down with a budget worksheet once in awhile. But you really need to do this if you think your finances are out of control. The form should not take that long to fill out either. It is not important for you to be 100% accurate. It is important for you to understand how your family finances are working for you.
A list of your income and expenses, no matter how complete, is not a spending plan, but is the information you need to create a spending plan. And, a paycheck_by_paycheck spending plan will help ensure the success of, or at least help prevent the failure of your budget.