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 Envelope Advantage : It's Easy to Get Started _ To get started, ask your bank if they can set up your Virtual Envelope budget categories as sub_accounts underneath your savings account. There should be no charge for doing this. If your bank will not provide this service for free, check around for other financial institutions in your area, including your local credit union. I've done virtual enveloping for about 30 years through a couple different credit unions. I've also had a couple colleagues using this approach. So don't take "sorry, we can't do that" as an answer from your existing financial institution.