Ive been needing to start a budget so I finally put one together. After looking at a thread earlier about what you make and your expenses. Reading everyones replies goes to show you how many people are having to cut back with this economy. Alot of them sounded just like what Im going through as well. When I looked at what we bring in and what goes out each month..it just blew me away! We (I guess more me really) are spending waaaaay to much money on crap we dont need. Its just DH and I, no kids. Well our kids are our animals. Two large dogs, one medium, 5 cats, 22 chickens and a house bunny. So my question is how do YOU stay within your budget? How do you keep it all organized and keep track of it all? Im not organized at all. I have ADD which doesnt help matters. I never have cash on me and use my debit card and checks. Im better at keeping track of my checks, but those little transactions on that debit card get me. I use a couple dollars here and use some there. But for the life of me can never keep track of it all. And it starts to add up. Ive started clipping coupons lately. I really need to get my grocery bill down! For the two of us I spend around $400+ a month. For the TWO of us! That is crazy! Ive tried more than once to 'make lists' and 'plan ahead'. Which I do. For..about two weeks and then it seems to slowly comes to a stop. I clip coupons to use and then when I go to the store I can never find the one I need to use. Anyone care to share their secret?