Tip _ Allow Yourself Some Mad Money _ The best tip you can have when creating a monthly budget is to allow some mad money for yourself and spouse in the budget. This is the number one reason most budgets fail and people do not continue using a monthly budget. The resentment of not being able to spend any money makes people frustrated and then they stop tracking their spending all together. If you allow yourself and your spouse even a small amount of money to be spent on anything you wish without having to confer with the other person, your budget will have a much better chance of being successful. If money is tight just allowing a very small amount will help keep the resentment at bay.
Virtual Envelopes can co_exist with Cash Envelopes just fine. Use the Virtual Envelopes for those monthly expenses that you would normally write a check or electronic payment. Examples would be mortgage/rent, taxes, car repairs, utilities, savings, debt pay_down, etc. Our budgeting worksheets incorporate the strategy of using Virtual Envelopes and help you set up your accounts accordingly. We define auto_pay, e_check, and other banking terms that will guide you to set up your Virtual Envelopes effectively in managing your monthly budget.