One of the best ways to manage your personal finances is to create a viable budget that you can follow. Establishing a monthly household budget is no simple task, though and you may find yourself pretty discouraged in little time at all. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to get your finances well organized and monthly spending under control. I’ve heard plenty of different suggestions including--and I’m not kidding—putting your credit cards in ice. Yes. You got it. You should freeze your credit cards in water so that you have to wait until they thaw before you can use them. How this can help with a monthly household budget is beyond me. Actually, I do see the logic, somewhat. After all, if you have to wait for the ice to thaw you are less likely to make spontaneously rash shopping errors. Overspending is often done on the spur of the moment and waiting for the cards to thaw is a crafty approach but I know myself too well to include it in my monthly household budget strategy. Don’t forget that ice can be chiseled in a fraction of the time and in this day and age, all you really need are the numbers to make online purchases. The old credit card on ice is just not a viable option for my monthly household budget maintenance program. Organization is the key factor in the process of creating a monthly household budget that you can trust. And, let’s face it; there are few of us who are really well organized when it comes to personal finances. It helps to get a professional on your side to help you work through a monthly household budget that will really work for you realistically. The help comes in all different forms. You can browse through the various options online and in no time at all you can be well on your way to getting your finances under control. Creating a monthly household budget is very important and it is crucial that you look into viable options, not credit cards on ice. There are printable forms that you can use. These forms help you take a good long look at how much money is coming in as well as how much money is going out. Once you see the information in black and white, you can work towards creating a monthly household budget that works for you and your family.