Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is having a great week so far! The weekend was a great mix of relaxing and fun which is just the way I like it!
Is it just me or does anyone else look at their spending from the weekend to remember what happened? It’s like I remember big things but I will forget the little details – maybe an ice cream we stopped for or a coffee charge from when we ran in somewhere. I love how tracking your spending reminds you of your priorities (and hopefully gives you a good feeling instead of a guilty one!)
April has been crazy with Easter, going on vacation, Brad’s company picnic, T-ball games starting up for my nephew, and so on! May is on the horizon and I am looking forward to a month of fun but normalcy. The end of the school year will be upon us so Mer will be doing a fun drama camp for The Little Mermaid and such. I am mainly looking forward to no traveling and getting my budget is a somewhat normal place.
Speaking of normal, I have yet to have a budget month that is “normal”. Something always seems to come up – the refrigerator broke, kids are off of school, vacation, or some other unexpected event. I think that is what makes budgeting so important is it gets my head to a place of anticipating things that will eventually happen (think more offensive than defensive!) I knew eventually something would break in the house which is why I put money aside every month for home maintenance. What do you know? The refrigerator broke while we were on vacation. $377 later, it is fixed but the money was set aside already for it. How less stressful is that? Did I love to part with the money? NO. But it was great to know we didn’t have to dip into savings or put it on a credit card to wonder how we would pay it next month.
BUDGETING ALWAYS WINS!!! And here’s to a more normal month (if there is such a thing). I will be posting my budget at the end of every month to show you where I am. Looking forward to the accountability.
And sorry no pictures today!!! Going to start being better about taking more!
Question: When has budgeting won out for you? What does a “normal” month look like?