Friday, November 21, 2008

Blowing Through My Budget

I'm totally failing to follow my budget this month. I've already gone over on my dining ($50) and entertainment (drinking at bars, movie rentals, etc. -- $30) budgets. Even my grocery budget ($150) seems impossible this month. And these are *budgeted* items; I made an $84 purchase online the other day at the Gap and Old Navy; yesterday I went to the eye doctor for the first time since college, and wound up paying $250 for the exam and new glasses/lenses.

My spending isn't out of control, but I'm having a hard time sticking to the limits I set for myself, which is frustrating. I usually go out to eat once a week with C, and we either split it or take turns paying. This usually winds up being $50 or less per month, but we've been to a few places that are a bit more pricey this month. And we're planning to go to a tapas restaurant this weekend! It won't break the bank (we have a $10 gift card, so it will come to less than $25 total, tip included), and C may pay anyway, but still, this needs to stop. After this weekend I'm telling C we have to limit our dining out majorly in December. We have Christmas gifts to buy, after all.

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