I just re-read my first blog post and remembered my first decision was to live by a budget. I haven’t given up on this yet. The first couple of month’s I didn’t drastically change anything. I listed how much I spend on everything and then gave myself some reasonable limits. These limits didn’t stop me from spending, however.
I tried bringing my lunch to work – I stopped after a a week. I kept meaning to but I didn’t do it. Turns out living by a budget doesn’t just happen. It takes thoughtfulness.
I’ve noticed this to be a recurring theme in my life. I tend to just float by in life. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever doesn’t, doesn’t. I feel that I don’t have a lot of control over what goes on in my life.
I’m wrong of course. We control most things in our lives.
If I want to save money on lunch by bringing it, I need to think ahead and plan how. I don’t need to buy a lot of special things for lunch. Whatever we have in the house will probably do just fine. We always have can’s of soup, lunch meat, salad stuff, left overs, etc. The task I had to commit myself to was to actually make it each night. This week, and last week I finally succeeded in doing this for the most part.
The second thing I needed to do was start thoughtful purchasing. I’ll discuss this in a further post.