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Let's stop pretending that being good at money means you need to be good at math. Instead, let's listen to our body and our mind.
Because fixed costs aren’t going anywhere, but that latte is going right towards my happiness. Budgeting has once been my worst enemy, my best friend, and my math tutor that hates how distracted I get during our sessions all at once. It’s never been an easy “one-size-fits-all” solution for me and my money.
Why? Well, mostly because I hate sticking to a budget that will 100% change every single month, and because once I convince myself I hate something – well, that’s basically it. Unless you’re some sort of food. I’ll eventually eat you regardless of my hatred.
However, if there is one part of a budget that is more reliable than a Toronto radio station playing Drake at least 64 times a day, its my fixed costs.
Cable and Internet
Investments/Savings (at minimum)
Random Expenses and Memberships
Therefore, my leftovers for saving would be around $790.
Wow, that was pretty bang on you guys. I think I know my money a little bit too well (said no one ever).
Unless you are seriously awful with money (which we all are at some point), living outside of your means actually takes a lot of work.
I mean, it’s hard to overspend if you are aware of what you have leftover each month. Unless of course, you don’t.
So what if I take variable expenses out of my budget altogether? Am I going to lose sight of my spending habits and suddenly spiral out of control financially? Sure, it’s possible.
However, after getting a handle on how much I spend each month, and understanding that what’s leftover will always be roughly what’s leftover, I can choose how much I allow myself to spend. Without a strict budget.
After all, the reason I’m always feeling guilty about how much I spend on silly expenses, is because I’ve always given myself limitations.
I’ve always told myself I can only spend $150 on dining out. So, that month *cough* April*cough* with 13 birthdays in a row, I shouldn’t feel bad if I spend an extra $26 on an overpriced brunch and delicious London Fog.
Random Expenses and Memberships
Being in control of my variable expenses is the one thing that makes this seem doable. Because that’s just it.
We decide how much we spend on groceries, our vehicles, clothing, and beyond. Some of us just have more control than others (DINK life).
“But Alyssa, what about…”
Shh, sweet child. I know what you’re thinking: “what about unexpected variable expenses?”
But isn’t that why I save for emergencies anyways?
Instead of worrying how much I’ve been spending on coffee, sushi (Kinjo forever), and Twizzlers, I’d rather focus on how much I spend on rent, insurance, and cable.
These numbers never increase unless I am given notice, or decide to change them myself.
But these numbers can definitely be decreased, if I try my hardest and ask the right questions.
Your fixed expenses can be hard to lower, but the long-term benefits from reducing these amounts can be a lifesaver. And no, I’m not talking about food anymore.
For starters, I always make sure that any additional fixed costs I take on are within my budget, can be trimmed if necessary, and keep my lifestyle sitting pretty.
The only Jones’ I know are the frugal bloggers around the internet, and that is a comparison game I’ll be playing for a long time to come.
Do you worry more about fixed costs or variable expenses within your budget? Let me know in the comments
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