Being the Type A that I am, I like being in control of all aspects of my life (or at least, feeling like I am in control, anyway).
Of course, it’s impossible to be in control of all aspects of my life. When things start to spiral out of control, and I get stressed out, I find that working on my budget and calculating my net worth is therapeutic. For instance, this month has been a bit of a roller coaster for me – both emotionally and mentally. I was unhappy at work, I was starting my job searching and interviewing, I wasn’t sure about where BF was going for his MBA and our future together, and I wasn’t sure where I was going in life.
But one of the things I can be in complete control of is my spending on variable expenses. It’s now second nature for me to make a purchase and then enter the expense right away in my expense tracker, then do a bi-monthly and monthly tally, followed by a net worth calculation.
It gives me a sense of triumph to budget $300 for eating out, and then come in at $301 at the end of the month – even with a special $200 dinner for BF and an unplanned treat out for my family. I feel a sense of pride as I tally up my net worth – being sooooo close to reaching a net worth of $90,000 I can almost taste it - and knowing that I can reach a six figure net worth before the end of the year.
And you know what I started working on next? BF’s budget for his 9 months of school, and figuring out how much money he needs to save in the next few months. BF said it was okay for me to share it with you all, and get some feedback from you. Stay tuned!
Do you find budgeting or being in control therapeutic? What do you do when your world is spinning out of control?