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Budgeting & Freedom, can they belong together?

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by , 06-09-2009 at 11:54 AM (3326 Views)
Most definately.

I've only been working 3 weeks with our new budget and have already come to realize that living within a budget perimeter can absolutely mean having freedom as well.

Maybe I should call it 'mental freedom' because having a budget allows me to finally know that everything is covered and I don't have to worry about what I'll do when it's time to buy a new shirt, or when we want to take a trip to the drive-in.
We know exactly how much we have in order to do those things and we also know whether or not we'll have to wait another 2 or 3 weeks in order to get to do them again.

Or we may even decide to forego our 'entertainment' this month, in order to do something a bit more extravagent next month.

I've quickly realized that living within our own budgeting limitations has also made me take a long hard look at myself and my previous spending habits.

Being more accountable can be a very good thing.

Also for the first time ever, I had an epiphany last night.
Being able to take a step back and take a hard look at our lives, I've come to realize that I can be happy in the moment.

If for a few minutes you took money out of your equation, how content are you in you life at the moment?

I think it's been so ingrained in us to always want something more/bigger/better, etc. that we never allow ourselves the time to stop and actually take a look around and really appreciate where we are in life at this very moment.

Contentment is something that I've sorely been searching for and while I don't think learning to live within a budget has caused it, it has defiantely brought me peace and allowed myself to go to a place where I can finally enjoy it again.

So for those of you who are proscratinating about beginning a budget because you are afraid of the limitations it will put on your money and your life, don't be.

I am learning that you can be happy *and* use a budget.
The freedom that comes with it, in the end, is worth all the work and tweaking it will take you, to get there.

Trust me.

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  1. gapeach's Avatar
    I definately understand the contentment issue. When I realized that I was content with my life and all that I had, everything came into perspective like it never had before. I knew that my needs were met and my life was better than I could have ever imagined. Isn't it a great feeling?
  2. cheles2kids's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gapeach
    I definately understand the contentment issue. When I realized that I was content with my life and all that I had, everything came into perspective like it never had before. I knew that my needs were met and my life was better than I could have ever imagined. Isn't it a great feeling?
    Unbelievable!

    I'm so glad to know that I'm not just imagining this & that other people have gone through it as well!
  3. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    I so agree with gapeach. I am also content and don't need bigger/better/more. All of our needs are met and we are happier now than ever before! Enjoy your new 'freedom' cheles2kids!
  4. Luckybustert's Avatar
    I agree there was a real peace of mind that came when I finally started budgeting. I used to feel so stressed out about money all the time because I really had no clue exactly what I had, what I was spending, what I owed, etc. It is so much nicer not to be under that kind of stress.
  5. cheles2kids's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Luckybustert
    I agree there was a real peace of mind that came when I finally started budgeting. I used to feel so stressed out about money all the time because I really had no clue exactly what I had, what I was spending, what I owed, etc. It is so much nicer not to be under that kind of stress.

    Exactly. I really did think that I would feel more stressed, especially in the beginning.
    I guess I was looking to feel more.........deprived?
    But it's not been that way at all

    But making sure I had a category for everything has really helped to keep me more focused and in turn, this has made me feel more at all ease.
  6. cheles2kids's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie-cat
    Enjoy your new 'freedom' cheles2kids!
    Thank-you so much, Debbie-cat for your insight.
    I always look forward to your comments and how you view things.
  7. jestagrrrl's Avatar
    Omg, the budget helps tremendously, I have noticed a difference and I have only been on this site since I think October/November. I mean everyone falters off it once in a while, but as long as you have a grasp of the idea, it makes a world of difference...