First, when it comes to a budget you have to have an idea of what amount of money you are going to make each year, month, week, and even day in some cases. You also have to know how to properly use extra money that was not figured into your budget. It is always better to figure on making less and spending more than making more and spending less. Second, if you struggle with budgeting, then using budgeting worksheets might help you. These can be printed out or just kept on your computer if you prefer. Most of the budgeting worksheets that are out there will break everything down into the categories for the bills that you need to pay. This is very helpful and will allow you to stick to the budget you set up for yourself.
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.