I've found that when creating a budgeting worksheet the best way to start is with a set up like this; _ Firstly, place your pay dates along the top (shown from A1 to G1). These can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly or any period that you normally work from. _ Then list out each income source and the amounts you receive from them. For irregular payments such as Christmas bonuses etc set up a row specifically for this and maybe name it "Other Income".
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.