The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.
Virtual Envelopes can co_exist with Cash Envelopes just fine. Use the Virtual Envelopes for those monthly expenses that you would normally write a check or electronic payment. Examples would be mortgage/rent, taxes, car repairs, utilities, savings, debt pay_down, etc. Our budgeting worksheets incorporate the strategy of using Virtual Envelopes and help you set up your accounts accordingly. We define auto_pay, e_check, and other banking terms that will guide you to set up your Virtual Envelopes effectively in managing your monthly budget.