Dave Says: Here's How To Budget Your Money The Old-Fashioned, Common Sense Way

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Posted: Feb 15, 2019 11:06 AM
Dave Says: Here's How To Budget Your Money The Old-Fashioned, Common Sense Way

Dear Dave,

I’ve listened to you for a little while, but I was wondering about the envelope system you recommend. How does it work?

Danielle

Dear Danielle,

Don’t let the word “system” intimidate you. It’s just grandma’s old-fashioned, common sense way of budgeting money. 

Back in the day, many people were paid in cash at their jobs. Then, they would take the money home and divide it up into different envelopes. The envelopes held cash for different categories in their budgets—food, clothes, rent, and other bills and such. When a particular envelope was empty they stopped buying that item, because the money budgeted for that category was gone. If you wanted a dress, but the clothing envelope was empty, you didn’t buy a dress that month. 

It’s just a simple cash system that, combined with doing a written monthly budget, will help keep you from overspending! 

—Dave