By listing all of your sources of income against all of your monthly expenditures (from required expenses like mortgage or rent payments to discretionary spending like eating out or going to the movies), you get a true picture of your personal cash flow, which will allow you to make better and more informed financial decisions. An accurate budget will also help you to answer that ever elusive question, "Can I afford it?"
Budgeting and saving money doesn't come naturally to many people, for obvious reasons: it's easy and tempting to spend money on non_essentials, even if your budget is tight. So how can you get on track with a realistic budget and save money? These strategies, taken together, have the very real potential to improve your financial situation.