My favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan, tells this story about his weight loss failings:
Then the next day I’m like, ‘Well…not every day. I gotta let my muscles breathe a little. I’ll work out like every other day.’
Then the next day I’m like, ‘Eh, I’m happy with the way I look. I don’t wanna get caught up in that beauty culture.’
Likewise, I start budgets with great ambitions. My wife and I talk about how we’re going to eat at home more and how every meal doesn’t have to be a four course meal. “Let’s do more sack lunches and let’s not go on a date this month.”
Then an hour later a friend calls and asks if we want to double date and I’m like, “Flat Branch and a movie? What is this, Dumb Question Hour? Of course! Let me get a sitter.”
It’s so easy to set a limit for ourselves in spending and then still spend whatever we want. A budget does no good if we don’t obey it.