Money is probably one of anyone's biggest stressors. Where does it all go?? I sat down with my monthly bills wrote everything down looked where I could cut back (do I really need all of those channels can I just use my cell phone and not have a land line) bills like gas and electric vary so I usually budget for the highest it gets.
I have money from each of my checks directly go into a savings I don't see it I don't miss it.
After the bills/daycare/gas are accounted for I see what is left I set a food budget I also make sure to not assign some if the money because something may come up. I cook a whole chicken then make different things out of it all week. Leftovers and rarely eating out. I shop thrift stores take in bottles and cans.
Hope this helps!