Next, you will want to fill out a monthly financial report worksheet where you record you income and come up with your net spendable income after taxes and any charitable giving. Then you want to take your totals from your monthly expense record worksheet and fill in all amounts in the categories such as household, food, medical, transportation, and recreation just to name a few. When you total up your expenses and subtract them from you net spendable income you will see if you have a surplus or not.
For example, most people have no real idea of how much money they actually spend on food but when you create and maintain a budget, not only will your awareness rise, but much of the time your bank account will flourish as well. That's because most people find various ways of cutting corners once they realize how much they are truly spending. Instead of thinking a budget will end an era of eating out and renting videos, think of the incredible vacation you can have by limiting the activities you engage in now. In addition, many people on a budget find that they can engage in the same amount of activities they did before the budget only now they look for sales and eat out at places that are more budget friendly.