In order to be strategically successful in budgeting, you have to become incredibly determined not to waste money. Formulate reasonable budget goals and plans, then strictly abide by them as much as you possibly can. However, take into account that you will not be the perfect budgeter overnight. Successful budgeting takes very routine and measurable steps. You may want to get a small notebook to track your expenditures. Otherwise, how will you know where your money is going?