New position, new paycheck and the money is already spent. I've done that. I'm getting better with birthday checks and other windfalls. My Strategy: I stash away or carry the check in my purse until I have time to make the deposit in my savings account. It's a new system and it's working.
(My birthday was in July and I still haven't touched the check from my Aunt.)
On the topice of pay raises: MSN Columunist MP Dunleavey has a good piece today about getting more mileage from pay increases. Her suggestions are helpful: set priorities, avoid upgrades, tinker with the budget.