$92 Evaporates without a Plan

I read recently on the Pretend to be Poor blog that the chic pretending to be poor doesn’t budget because “budget” is code for “license to spend,” or something along those lines.

I pshaw’d that as ridiculous.

Yesterday morning I realized that we had $96 left in our weekly budget!  Hoorah!  That doesn’t happen too often.  Our weekly budget resets around Thursday/Friday, and no bills in sight.

It was like this money was burning a hole in my pocket.  Maybe that fake poor woman is on to something afterall.

So I went to Chipotle for lunch (only $8.35 – that’s not bad, right?).  And I stopped at the wine store on my way home, and bought not 1 but 2 bottles ($27).  I usually drink Bota Box wine, but I was feeling fancy, and why buy a box of wine when you can get half as much volume at 150% of the price.

Then I didn’t feel like cooking, and it was cheap burger night at a restaurant.  So we went!  We deserved it, right?  $18.13.

Then on the way home, we picked up a few household things at the grocery store.  $37.56.

And by the end of the day, our $96 surplus shrunk to $4.  And wouldn’t you know it, when I opened the mailbox, there was the quarterly water bill for $89.80.

So this week my budget starts $90 lower than usual.  Yuck.  It didn’t feel like I spent much yesterday, but I blew through $100 in a flash.

This budgeting stuff is not easy, particularly day after day, on a long term basis.  It takes chutzpah!  I didn’t even technically fall off the horse yesterday, but I certainly slipped sideways in the saddle.  The important thing is to take account of things, not avoid the numbers, and do better next time 🙂


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