I’m in the final stages of saving to replace my daily driver car, and at the same time I’ve had a difficult few months of expenses: vet bills, car bills, and other bills that just came at really bad times.
In the last few days, I’ve felt the itch for heroic budgeting: no spending! at all! ever!
Except, the truck is almost out of gas. Except, puppy is almost out of the wet food that we use to stuff her kongs. Except, except. Then I get stressed and abandon budgeting, then I get terrified, then the cycle starts all over again.
Which is to say that yes, some of my expenses should be ditched. I may have been eyeing bareback pads recently, but the barn has one I can borrow indefinitely. I certainly don’t need to buy new ingredients for fancy meals when I just threw away things that rotted in the fridge. (And my grocery budgeting would already be considered on the heroic side: $40 a week for the two of us. Yes, really.)
But if I don’t let myself do anything, then it snaps like an overstretched elastic.
The blog post at The Simple Dollar was a really good reminder of that.