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.
Consider putting yourself back on cash. If you think you shop impulsively because it is so easy to use plastic, try to give yourself a cash allowance every week. You may go over the allowance, but you will have to go to some effort to replenish it. This can be a great way to get a handle on spending.