First of all you need to know how much money you earn, for some people this is easy you look at your Wθ form and there it is, but for seasonal workers, small business people, it gets a little more complicated than that. If you receive income from a lot of different sources for a realistic value of what you actually earn itemize them, put them down on paper. Include all income, now is not the time to be hide money from the IRS you are just fooling yourself, you need to have factual figures here of your true income otherwise you will actually think you're in good financial shape because you know you got this extra income somewhere, but that's not always true.
Mistake _ Not Tracking Your Spending and Expenses _ It is impossible to keep to your monthly budget if you fail to track your spending. It is recommended that you fill out both a weekly expenses report and a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses. It you don't track you spending you will not know what areas of your budget you need to adjust for next month.