Budgeting & Freedom, can they belong together?
by, 06-09-2009 at 11:54 AM (3301 Views)
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.