If you do find a budgeting worksheet that you like, you can simply add categories to it or replace the ones you won't use with your own items. For example, many of these worksheets that you will find online have a place for investment income but if you don't have any investments to track either ignore that category or replace it with one of your own. _Once you view a few of these templates, you may realize that you have more categories of spending than you thought. For example, when first creating a budget, many people forget all about gifts, subscriptions, and pet expenses but by working with one of the preprinted templates, you may remember additional expenses you need to consider.
Credit and debit cards can lure you into spending frenzy that can spiral out of control before you know it. Have you ever come to the end of the month and asked, "Where did all the money go?" The convenience of plastic has made it far too easy to make purchases that we might not make if we had to dip into our wallet and make a cash purchase. _ Studies have shown that spending increases as the means to pay for an item becomes easier. In other words credit cards have made buying transactions easier, so we're more likely to buy stuff without concern, until the bill comes at the end of the month! Likewise, new 'pay with a wave' credit cards will make it easier still and foster even more poor spending habits.