This month I created a budget and I've stuck to it thus far. I'm entering everything into my Excel spreadsheet as we go and its went well so far. My budget accounted for everything (that I'm aware of) and had some generous categories. It's actually easier for me knowing that I'm on budget and that the money is there for certain purchases rather than worrying about it all month.
The only problem that I have with a monthly budget is when we get paid. I get paid every other Thursday and Y is paid on the 15th and end of the month. It seems like monthly budgeting would be easier if we both got paid on the beginning of the month. Any tips on how to get better at that?