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.
Write down what you spent last month. Use Categories like mortgage, food, entertainment, clothing, transportation and savings. Savings is an important category. Is there something you should be spending your money on that you didn't last month, but that you think you should. Already the process begins to uncover things you want to know Write down what you expect to earn next month. If you are on a variable income, it might be helpful to put this in three columns: The minimum you expect, an average of what to expect, and the highest amount you expect to earn. Don't count on the highest number, but it is a great goal setting exercise to strive for that high number on a monthly basis. Write down what you KNOW you will spend next month. Fixed expenses like mortgages, property taxes are known amounts. They are constant every month and don't change. While you can change your rent or mortgage amounts by moving, it is unlikely that you will do this next month. So consider these Fixed expenses.