Step 2: Track your spending. It’s helpful to keep track of and categorize your spending so you know where you can make adjustments. Doing so will help you identify what you are spending the most money on and where it might be easiest to cut back. Begin by listing all your fixed expenses. These are regular monthly bills such as rent or mortgage, utilities or car payments. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to cut back on these, but knowing how much of your monthly income they take up can be helpful.
Envelope Budget: An envelope budget is a budget where you assign money to each category and deal with cash for several of your expenses. You take the cash out for each month and put the money into different envelopes labeled for the category. When you run out of money in that category, you stop spending. This is a good strategy if you are not good at tracking your expenses. Most people still pay their bills online through their checking account. In order to make this work, you cannot use your debit card for the categories that you have envelopes for.