The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.
Additionally, set up your savings, checking and the sub_savings accounts to have internet_access via your home computer, free of charge. This will allow you the convenience of budgeting and bill paying from the comfort of your home. If you are uncomfortable using internet_access for banking purposes, there are just a couple things to be aware of and you will be fine. First, only use a reputable bank or credit union. They have the best security in place for all of your data access requirements. Follow their password guidelines and change your password regularly. In my book, I dedicate an entire chapter to Virtual Envelopes and how to set up your sub_accounts.