I haven’t been writing much on this blog lately and I also haven’t been as good with my budgeting but its time to get back into the rhythm of things and for me the best way to get back into it is to get my weekly budgets going again. The reality is that for me a weekly budget shows results quickly and that can be a powerful motivator (though if not successful it can also show you that you’re doing something wrong).
Here is my budget for this week:
Feb 23 – Mar 1
My goal with this weeks budget is to start getting back on track. Its similar to previous weeks although the alcohol cagetory is currently empty. Although this is a bit of wishful thinking we had a BBQ over the weekend and the net result was that we ended up with some extra so the goal for the week is to use this up rather than buying more. My goal will be to not to spend any extra in this category.
The other categories are pretty similar to what they’ve been in the past. I am writing this a bit late since I already spent 20 on eating out for lunch but I rarely do anything for lunch and thought it would be a good way to socialize with coworkers. Not the best way to spend my money I know but there are times when spending a little bit of money can go a long way.
I am also going to do something a little different this week in that if I can meet this weeks budget I am going to buy myself a new book. I have been eyeing Leo Babauta’s The Power of Less and if I can meet my goal of $195 then I will buy myself the book to read. This little reward might be counter intuitive but I want to reinforce budgeting in myself and this week I’ll make it simple (or at least plan to) and make it harder from here on in.