I recently got a credit card which is linked to an airline, and has a flyer points program for every dollar spent on the card in each billing period.
Wanting to make the most of this, I started using the card for all of my day-to-day purchases - everything goes on the card so that it's earning points.
My problem is that my previous method for budgeting involved working out of a basic savings account - once my salary was deposited, savings were removed, bills paid, and the remainder was the budget for the month. Now that all purchases are going on the credit card, it's difficult to determine my current position with respect to my available funds.
I don't want to get into a cycle of loading up my credit card each month, paying it off with my salary, having no available cash and purchasing everything on credit, repeating the process.
What are some useful strategies for sticking to a budget while also earning my credit card rewards?