But a funny thing happened on my way to a budget. We put away the credit cards five months ago, and now that we have five of them in BLPs, using them is no longer an option. So instead of worrying about not having a crutch, I concentrated on seeing if I could finish the week with at least a few cents to my name.
The hubby filled his car with gas, eating up the bulk of the money. My car was closing in on the "E" and there wasn't near enough money to fill the tank. Instead, I put in $20 and vowed to only drive when absolutely necessary. That left $7.62 left. Not a lot of margin for error.
When we ran out of snacks, I baked instead of bought. When I thought about "running out" for a quick errand, I stayed home instead. It was sort of a game, though I'm not ready to say it was all that fun ... yet. Whipping out a credit card never entered my mind. And surprisingly, I was left with a feeling of peace and accomplishment that I had consciously taken steps to make sure our debt didn't go up.
Tomorrow is payday and we have $7.62. We're going to make it. I think I'll mark down 2011 as the year that we took control.
It feels good.