Cut back. My family can enjoy a decent dinner at home for about ฟ. If we went out, that same dinner would probably cost โ. And some meals, like tacos, spaghetti, chicken, or steaks, really do not take that long to make. If you plan to have some leftovers for lunch or another meal, just a little effort can save you quite a bit. We cut back from about 4 meals out to 2 meals out every week. I do not think this makes us suffer, and we save at least 赨 a month.
Now we have reached the make adjustments phase, subtract your expenses from your income and if you have some money left over at the end of the month you have got yourself a budget. Realistically most people will not have a workable budget at this point, again it's not really your fault if you don't have a budget, because nobody ever took the time to show you how to set up a budget, much less help you stay on a budget. It doesn't take a rocket scientist at this point to figure out that you should reduce your nonessential spending habits and that's what they usually are is habits, they are your wants, not your needs. Pare your expenses down so you have some money left over at the end of the month and you now have your first monthly budget.