The most common budgeting method used is a blank piece of paper. We've all tried it at one time or another. Income is listed on one side, expenses on the other. The idea is to balance income against expenses so that, hopefully, there is still some money left at the end of the month. _ There are at least a couple major problems with this method. First, it's pretty easy to overlook quite a few expenses. Things like that daily stop at the coffee shop, or the cost of a car registration that happens only once a year.
Setting up a budgeting worksheet isn't a hard chore. In fact, if you like using spreadsheets it can actually become quite enjoyable. The beauty of a budgeting worksheet is that you can see all your numbers at a quick glance in an easy to read format. It's instantly editable so changes can be made on the run and will save considerably on white_out. And perhaps the best feature, is that you can always keep a history of your transactions (depending on your hard_drive space).