I like this big mason jar for receipts. It's clear, so I cannot ignore that I haven't processed them yet.
I have an app that works well for me (Spending Tracker) on my Surface Pro 3. The key, for me, is very simple-to-use budgeting programs (or I don't use them) and a fun, portable laptop.
Now, if you are a Loyal Reader, you know that I used to use pen and paper to budget and that I almost always prefer writing. So why the technological solution?
Well, first, math.
I like the computer to do the math for me. Ironically, I'm excellent at algebra and trig, and horrible at arithmetic.
Second, I prefer the graphs that computers can do over the thousand pieces of paper for discerning how I am spending my money.
Third, I don't have to file thousands of pieces of paper! My Surface keeps track of the numbers for me.
The most important reason that I don't write my budget in my planner, though, is because I don't need to make decisions on the front end (those are made at a meeting with my husband) and I don't need to remember the information. If I did, I would use paper. I only need the running tally of the number, which the computer communicates quite well.
I am a big fan of a paper planner. But, sometimes, another tool is better.
For budgets, try a glass jar and a great laptop.