Okay, let me tell you what I'm talking about. One of my resolutions for 2011 is to spend less. I have a tendency to spend money without really thinking, and that's a terrible, terrible, terrible habit. This year, I want to simplify life. We have so much"stuff" that we just don't use or need. We started off by purging the kids toys. Donating anything that was in good condition and that they no longer used. We were absolutely flabbergasted by the amount of toys that we've bought them and that they no longer use, it was just crazy. My problem,
I see something at a good deal, and I just can't pass it up.....need it or not, I buy.
So, this is where the pretty jar comes in. I've put myself on a weekly spending budget. I get a certain amount of money to spend on whatever I want and that's it. I've budgeted other things as well. I can do a number at the grocery store, picking things up that we can totally live without. Do you know how hard it is for me to stick to buying only those items on my list? It's almost impossible, as if a magnetic force is pulling me back into the store to buy more! No, no longer!
To make it even tougher, I am on a cash spending budget (a la Til Debt Do Us Part). So I took a jar that we had in the house, added some washi tape to it (had to add a little personal touch) and that's that. It's where I'll keep my spending money.
Here it is....
Notice anything? Yup, it's empty! I'm learning....quickly, it's somewhat painful, but I know I'll get used to it and in the end, it will be second nature (I hope!).
So, have you ever attempted a budget? Was it a success?
I know that this is going to take time, as with most things, but I'm definitely committed.
I'll keep you posted on how the budget is going throughout the year. Hopefully, the next time I share a picture of it, there will be at least be some money in it......