Finally, take the information you have learned and create a budget for next month using a monthly budget worksheet. On this worksheet, you will fill in your income along with your fixed expenses, fixed variables, occasional expenses, and installments such as credit card payments. After you total up your income and all expenses you will be able to see if you have an excess at the end of the month or if you are short. If you are short, now is the time to cut back on some occasional expenses as well as some fixed variable expenses in order to operate a working monthly budget.
Just being aware of how much you are spending versus how much you are saving can have a huge impact on your financial picture. For example, there are numerous restaurants in cities all across the nation that have kids eat free specials. You can find a number of these online and you may also want to get into the habit of checking local restaurants to find out which ones offer specials. For those with children, this can mean the difference between getting to eat out and staying at home so it is definitely worth checking out.