Budgeting is a skill and even art at some point. While mindless spending does not presuppose much thinking, while spending money in accordance to the plan might be hard for someone, especially for people who used not to limit themselves in any ways.
However, learning how to budget can be really helpful in many ways. At some point of one's life the situation may change and you can end up with 3 kids and single; or fired; or else. Budgeting tips can be of help in this case.
It is a pretty common situation when one gets less money than one needs and all of us have been in dire need of cash at some point of our life. However, the stress form such situations can be lessened considerably by making some simple but smart arrangements with finances. Budgeting is easy if you follow some basic tips.
The starting point is to create a clear idea of your financial state. Your bank statements and bills and all the similar things - all of them will help to create a truthful picture. It makes sense to divide the expenditures into groups (e.g. housing, food, auto and etc.) and count the current expenditures as well as plan the possible limit to these expenditure groups. In the future try to stick to your limits and make sure you pay the bills first.
If you are on the budgeting path, make sure everyone you live with - your spouse and kids, or all other members of your family participate as well. It makes little sense to start budgeting on your own if the rest follows the same money-wasting scheme. Such cooperation will bring good results and in case with kids, they will learn to value money and budget better from earlier age. It is a skill that won't ever be useless.
Make it a habit to review your budget at least one time a week. Set some hour at the end of the day once a week and check your expenditures and savings. This will help to create a steady and clear picture faster and discipline yourself more.
Being on a budget is helpful in the way that you are able to save for fun while not wasting money on overdrafts and so on. By saving money from the things you really can save on (if you think carefully you have more cash left on the things that you really enjoy).
Budgeting notes can be made at hand but there is a great number of various applications nowadays that can help and make the process easier and more enjoyable. The examples are Mint and PersonalFinace and many other applications. It is really useful and save you time and - which is more important - money.