I'm a big believer in the notion that cash is king when it comes to paying for items. If you don't have the cash, you can't afford the item and shouldn't buy it. Traditional means of budgeting to help curb spending is the Cash Envelope system. But there are clearly some disadvantages of that. There's also a 21st century version of the Cash Envelope system called Virtual Envelopes. We'll explore how you can implement a Virtual Envelope system using your budgeting worksheets.
Next, you will want to fill out a monthly financial report worksheet where you record you income and come up with your net spendable income after taxes and any charitable giving. Then you want to take your totals from your monthly expense record worksheet and fill in all amounts in the categories such as household, food, medical, transportation, and recreation just to name a few. When you total up your expenses and subtract them from you net spendable income you will see if you have a surplus or not.