Car's Gas: $40
Fun Stuff: $75
* I may raise the budget and get more merchandise depending on how much I sell locally.
If you want to join in on the fun, here's the rules:
1.) Don't spend over the cash amount in the envelope. 2.) Once the money's gone, it's gone! No switching money to other envelopes. 3.) Make it a game, try to have money leftover by the end of the month.
Use Google Documents to Track Spending:
I've fallen off of keeping track of everything single thing I buy with Google Documents but I'm back on the wagon! Google documents is free, fast, easy-to-use and even collaborative. I love how it can be accessed and edited from anywhere and it's my favorite way to keep track of expenses and edit documents for work.
Write It All Down in a Note or Budget Book:
The pens are from a color-coded merchandise inventory system a friend and I may try.
I found this Household budgeting book on clearance at an office max years ago, I'm reviving it this year to track everything I spend like I used to. I also love to track my merchandise and spending in a composition book. It's old-fashioned but it makes everything more tangible and just works for me. Added bonus for having a non-digital back-up for spending.
I'd love to have smart phone aps and web applications to recommend but I haven't found one I like yet. Do you have one you like to use? I'd love to read your recommendations in the comments.
How do you keep track of your spending? Are you going to budget for the new year? Now's a good time to start, it's harder once the year's already in swing.