Alternative Approach: Use Virtual Envelopes for most of your Spend Categories _ In today's electronic world, there's a version of the envelope system that can take the old proven approach and revamp it for the 21st century: Virtual Envelopes. Built on the solid foundation of the Cash Envelope system, Virtual Envelopes works seamlessly with your existing cash envelopes and your budgeting worksheets. The only difference from Cash Envelopes is that for some budget categories you will now deposit the cash into your bank or credit union and manage those categories online, or "virtually." Hence, the term Virtual Envelopes.
Creating and following a budget can be very hard work. It's so hard, in fact, that most people give up after a few short weeks, or even days. There are all kinds of reasons people give up. Perhaps the most commonly overlooked and easiest to correct has to do with the budgeting worksheet or tools they use.