Mistake _ Not Tracking Your Spending and Expenses _ It is impossible to keep to your monthly budget if you fail to track your spending. It is recommended that you fill out both a weekly expenses report and a monthly expense record worksheet to track your spending and monthly expenses. It you don't track you spending you will not know what areas of your budget you need to adjust for next month.
Second, and more importantly, this method doesn't provide any real guidance on what to do with money as it comes in. You're left to try to figure it out as you go. Mistakes are made...frustration sets it... you give up. That's because your budgeting worksheets are missing the most crucial part of any budget _ the spending plan.