Cash Envelopes

April 12, 2013
Following on from our Budget Binder post, I am going to show you our cash envelopes and how we use them.

Earlier this year we switched to using cash only for all our spending {bills are payed online} and I am so happy we did. You will be amazed at how much using a cash system can help control your spending.

You can have as many or as few categories as you like. We have 5;

  • Groceries (includes nappies and medications)
  • Entertainment (includes take out, date nights and family outings)
  • Clothing (includes hair cuts and beauty supplies)
  • Home (includes organisation and home maintenance)
  • Spending (each family member has ‘pocket money’ to spend each fortnight)

I whipped up these cute little cash envelopes and labeled each one. They fit perfectly inside my wallet. When I am going out, I just pop the envelopes I need in my wallet.

Each envelope has a card inside to track our spending. At the start of each fortnight I write down how much was put into each one, then every time we spend money it is logged on the card. This isn’t essential for your cash system however I found it really hard to keep track of what we had spent without it.

When we aren’t using our envelopes we keep them in our mail caddy.

I think the thing I like most about cash budgeting {apart from my super cute envelopes} is that once your money is gone it’s GONE! You can’t overdraw accounts, you can’t use your savings and you can’t put it on credit.

Being able to physically see how much we have left to spend has been great for curbing my spending and for helping us save. By our second fortnight we actually had money left. How great is that!

Let’s chat about cash systems shall we? Do you use cash? How do you keep track of it all? Would anyone like a tutorial on how I made the envelopes?


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  • Reply CathyUK June 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

    We use cash, each week I take out as set amount of money (it's like a mini payday!) and that covers food, petrol, entertainment etc I use paper envelopes as I'd never thought of making some nice reusable material ones ….. something to add to the to do list! A tutorial on how you made them would be great as I've not made anything since I was at school!

    • Reply foreverorganised June 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      I am working on a tutorial as we speak Cathy 🙂 I should have it up in the next week or so. Thanks for stopping by

  • Reply Country Style Mum June 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I'd love a tutorial on the envelopes please!!!
    Great system :))

    • Reply foreverorganised June 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I am working on a tutorial as we speak 🙂 I should have it up in the next week or so. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Country Style Mum June 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I'd love a tutorial on the envelopes please!!!
    Great system :))

  • Reply Shell June 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What a great idea 🙂 Iam enjoying brousing around your blog I will be a regular thanks for sharing.

    • Reply foreverorganised June 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Shell 🙂 I am glad you are enjoying it

  • Reply Anonymous June 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I just made some of these 🙂 I don't generally sew but I'm excited with how these turned out. Thank you so much for the great idea 🙂


    • Reply foreverorganised June 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      That is great Deanna 🙂 I hope they work really well for you!

  • Reply Anonymous June 27, 2013 at 6:44 am

    HI Jessica
    I was just wondering if you had organised the tutorial for these envelopes, I think it's a great idea Thank you Janine

  • Reply Stephanie June 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    You know that heart flutter you get when you walk into somewhere like Howard's Storage World or Kikki k??……well I just got that when I stumbled upon your blog!!! Loveit!!! You are a woman after my own heart. 😉

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