BUDGET.........now there is a word I do not like!
Kind of. Its pretty easy to stick to it I guess b/c its so routine. Especially with DH. He probably gets the most. lol! He gets about 50 bucks to himself a month for comics and other "boy things". Then on average, we spend about 50 bucks a weekend on random stuff like renting movies, or eating out. We really try not to though. We avoid going out, unless its free. Like to the different parks around here, or the art museum we went to this weekend. We will also just go to Barnes and Noble and just let Dylan look at books or play at the train table. While one of us sits with him, the other gets some "me time" to walk around and look at books that we evenutally would like to get. We make a lot of lists around here. Lol! I guess on average we can spend up to 200 bucks or a little more a month.
Then on average, we spend about 50 bucks a weekend on random stuff like renting movies, or eating out. We really try not to though. We avoid going out, unless its free. Like to the different parks around here, or the art museum we went to this weekend.
I wish we had more free stuff around us.
i don't have a budget, but have in the past and that's partly the reason why we don't have one now.
I am embarrassed to say that I have tried and tried to have some semblance of a budget in place throughout my life, but life just seems to be getting in my way and everytime I think I'm on track with a decent budget with goals in place for savings, etc., something blows it to HE!!.
I pay my bills twice a month. I have a certain amount of money that is automatically deposited from my net pay into a savings account and the rest is split between my family account and a separate old account where a certain monthly bill is automatically withdrawn (I've been too lazy to change this to my new account). I designed this system so that I could try to save money each month, but inevitably I wind up taking some money out of my savings account often enough that, suffice it to say, the savings account doesn't exactly have what I had hoped to have by now. My main trouble is that I need to learn how to say no to my teenagers (who constantly 'need' something) and to learn how to stretch my dollars for groceries better. I'd say a better portion of my income is blown on food, outside of my basic monthly bills. If I could budget a monthly food bill, I'd be more than half way there to having a decent savings account. I don't seem to have the time to organize my monthly food list and be stringent about using coupons, etc.
Maryanne, sounds like you have a good system going there with your budget. :)
Hi Hearts :)