Ok, we’re on day 11 and it’s going well so far, pretty much. But we’ve come across a situation that calls for some revision to our original budget. This is freaking me out just a bit, only because I don’t want to get into a habit of allowing too many revisions, you know?
So, if you’ve read our budget at all, you know that entertainment money was a no-no on the original budget list. And if you read our post the other day, you know why that’s probably a good idea for us if we’re to truly get a handle on things.
Let’s just say that we’re recovering from having very little self-control (and the sad part is, I really thought we did have some self-control) in the area of dining out.
Enter, the wrench in our plans.
The oldest of our “youngins” turned 13 this year, and she’s having a rough time of it, dealing with all of the changes/hormones etc., that come along with the transition from child to adult. Lots of tears and misunderstanding about why her emotions are so “wackadoodle” as she likes to say. (Can I just say I love that word? She made that one up when she was about 6).
She’s such a great kid: kind, considerate and just an all-around well-behaved kid, so it’s really difficult to see her struggling in this way.
She is also desperately needing an abundance of love and attention right now, which we will gladly shower on her. However, one of the things that she finds great pleasure in is going out to eat once in a while with mom or dad. And I feel it’s important that we allow for some of this in our budget, especially because it’s not her fault we’re in the mess we’re in.
But given my “addiction” to eating out, and my slight obsession with being the best mom ever, I can see that if we aren’t careful in how we add an entertainment budget back in, we could be in trouble.
So, my question is, how can I refine our budget to include some dining out but yet not let it get out of hand? What tips do you have for handling money and budgeting in an area that’s been a problem in the past? Any thoughts?