Mistake _ Not Planning for Upcoming Expenses _ When you are creating a monthly budget it is always helpful to save a certain amount of money for a given category even if you don't have that expense for the given month. For example, let's say you pay your car insurance every six month. It is important to take your payment and divide it by six. Then, each month you will want to save that amount so you have the insurance payment when it comes due instead of trying to come up with the whole amount in one given month. If you can do this for as many periodic expenses as possible, it will be easier to have a balanced budget each month.
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.