The Envelope System
The envelope system is a budgeting system that helps people visualize, plan, and monitor their spending habits. Many financial planners and advisers recommend starting your envelope system by using only cash.
Keep Track of Spending
Swiping a debit or credit card makes it all too easy to lose track of your purchases and spending habits. Using tangible cash that you can hold and feel in your hand encourages the spender to think about whether or not they actually want to turn that money over to someone else and let it go.
Use Cash Envelopes for Payments
Mindless swiping makes the money appear imaginary and less real.
Create separate envelopes for the different categories of spending that you need to plan for. Some examples of the envelopes include:
Groceries and supplies
Gas and vehicle maintenance
Children’s expenses and activities
Personal care expenses
Fill each envelope with the appropriate amount of cash for your budget and expenses. The remaining cash leftover can be divided between payments towards creditors and savings. Once you have spent the allotted amount for that envelope, you can no longer spend in that category until the following month.
This method helps with personal discipline and creating an awareness of one’s habits. For more assistance with your fresh start, contact your Stockton bankruptcy attorney.