financial practices, tracking ones income, budgets
By tracking your income and expenses you will know where your money goes and be better prepared to set up a realistic budget for future spending. Knowing how much you have to spend and spending no more than is allotted in each spending category puts you in control of your finances.
Gorham, Liz and Davis, Jack, "Getting control of your money #1: Tracking Your Income and Expenses" (2003). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 461.