How to Set Up Your Budget. Setting up a budget is a straightforward process. It helps to have a list of the bills that you must pay each month as well as your expected income. If you have not budgeted before, you can start by looking at your past three month’s expenses. Using your bank statements to break these into categories. If you have budgeting software, you can upload your statements and use the software to start to sort them.
Lastly, if the numbers still aren’t adding up, you can look at adjusting your fixed expenses. Doing so will be much more difficult and require greater discipline, but on close inspection a "need" may just be a “hard to part with.” Such decisions come with big trade_offs, so make sure you carefully weigh your options. Tip: Small savings can add up to a lot of money, so don’t overlook the little stuff. You might be surprised at how much extra money you accumulate by making one minor adjustment at a time.