Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Budgeting: Such a necessary evil

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy getting acclimated to Cincinnati, and actually making some new friends! I’m starting to fully enjoy and embrace my life here, and though I still miss everything about college (and am still so extremely sad that half my friends are still there and I’m not), I think I’ll grow it to like it here just as much as I did there.

And now that that’s said, I’ll move on to the point of this post.

Budgeting.

A necessary evil.

I do not enjoy it.

Budgeting leads to things like a sudden interest in coupons and asking your mom for things when you visit for the weekend. Although that works. I came home with toilet paper, tissues, contact solution, Goldfish crackers, and some bananas. And a new cardigan. That was nice.

But even the couponing leads to buying things you don’t necessarily need. Like a coupon I had for saving 40 cents on six yogurts. I mean, I like yogurt and all, but I didn’t really want to buy six. But what did I do? I bought six yogurts.

And I stretch my groceries out. After reading an article about how Americans throw away 40 percent of their food, I was kind of appalled, and it made me super-conscious of how much of my food I’m actually eating, and it’s my short-term goal to actually eat all of it. That means my fridge is rather barren, and though I’d like to have more options, I refuse to go grocery shopping.

I also live in the heat because I don’t want to turn on my air conditioning.

Sorry for the negative attitude about this post, but I just had to vent my frustrations about budgeting. Yes, I know in the long run I’ll be glad I did it because it will mean I have some savings, and that’s a fact that I can’t let go of. Savings are good. But I thought budgeting was supposed to free you from worrying about  money. But now, for me at least, it’s a constant thing. I worry about going over-budget, which I definitely did in a couple categories, which led to me squeezing money from other categories and re-vamping my budget for next month so it doesn’t happen again.

Long story short, I’m hoping that I can learn to love budgeting. I know some people can, so why not me?

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