We have all heard the saying "Pay Yourself First" when it comes to creating wealth and a budget. But more importantly than that is to allow for a little mad money for yourself and your spouse. The lack of a little fun money is the number one reason most budgets don't work.
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.