As you might remember from a couple of months (or was it weeks?) back, I told you how we're budgeting our monthly groceries now when there's three of us and the most importantly, lower income when there's only one of us working. Everything has been going on so great and we've actually managed to stick to the budget. How?
Sticking to a budget takes a huge level of commitment. You know you plan your budget and then there's the part when you actually need to stick to it. So when you plan, be determined that that's the way you're going to spend your year/month/how long you intend to keep to the budget.
Setting goals are motivating. For us, it's going out for dinner. Simple things like that. Something we're given up to, but something that's not too expensive to fulfil. If it helps, add a picture of your goal next to the budget and sticking to it feels so much easier when you know why you're sticking to the budget.
We're using cash for sticking to our budget with groceries. I know right, nobody withdraws cash anymore these days - well, we do. We withdraw the amount from our weekly budget so there won't be any hesitations to buy anything else than necessary - because there's no money to do so. Paying with the card, when you can't visually see the money, it might make you feel okay to spend "a little more" this week.
Have you ever been living on the budget? How did you stick to it?