81 Month Streak of Budgeting Broken

Brent Pittman —  04/05/2014
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This last month we missed out monthly budget party. I figured we have budged for 81 straight months! Pretty good streak if you ask me; comparable to the Harlem Globetrotters 2,495 straight wins over Washington Generals. (32 other famous sports streaks)

It was a time of flux, transition, and [insert excuse here]. So my wife and I failed to have our monthly pow-wow over how we’ll spend our money and guess what…it didn’t matter that much.

6 Years of Budgeting and Marriage

A funny thing happens after 81 months of marriage and learning how to communicate about money–namely you figure out a plan and stick to it. That’s what ended up happening for the most party. We did what we always did.

I still kept up with spending and found out that groceries were pretty much the same, under actually. We did go a bit crazy with eating out, but that was part of the transition and celebrations over job promotions.

Our budgeting streak is over, but we had a good run. We do plan to jump back on the budgeting train; after all our income will be increasing, so we need to really keep our eye on the ball.

If you want to learn how we budget or tips on budgeting, read this series of articles about budgets.

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Brent is a financial coach and writer looking for the perfect donut. He believes personal finance should be both fun and accessible to anyone willing to learn.
  • http://mymoneycounselor.com/ Kurt @ Money Counselor

    My wife and I are at about the same place. We’re slacking off a bit on reviewing the budget vs. spending because we’ve well established discipline and know about what we can afford and can’t afford consistent with our long-term goals. We looked at our year-end report for 2013, but so far haven’t looked at budget vs. actual in 2014!

    • http://www.ontargetcoach.com/ Brent Pittman

      All those habits really paid off sounds like!