My Budget Busters

Apparently my fellow PF bloggers are dying to hear what things bust my budget, because I got tagged not once but twice for CindyS’s “budget busters” meme this week.  Peter from Bible Money Matters hit me first, then Shanti over at Antishay Ventenne got me.  I guess it’s “confession time” in the personal finance blogosphere in regards to budgets.

  1. The fast-food drive-through!  This one is my weakness, my achilles heel, my vice, and I have gotten to the point where I simply plan for it.  I know there will be days when I just don’t feel like cooking, or I’m on the go and getting hungry with a few more errands left to do.
  2. The $5 DVDs at Wal-Mart.  Seriously, this one is just too easy to justify: a DVD for less than a movie theater ticket!  We always buy movies we know we like and will watch at least three to five times … but they really add up when you find four good ones in one trip to the store.
  3. The “day old” sales at the bakery.  Doughnuts, muffins, sweet breads, loaf cakes, bakery cookies … yes we have serious sweet tooths here and I love getting them for less than half price!  It’s never on the grocery list, but how could I pass up such a great deal on things we love to eat?  Let’s not forget the fun day-after holiday candy finds either … I just scored a dozen (YES, that’s TWELVE) Cadbury caramel eggs on my Missouri trip.  I won’t even get into Christmas or Valentines Day candy.

Hmmm, seems like food and entertainment are my weaknesses.  None of these things are large-ticket items, but they do tend to add up if I indulge in them on a regular basis.

I know I am supposed to tag other bloggers, but all my favorite targets have been tagged already, so I will do an “open tag” where if you have a blog, put up your budget busters.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your biggest budget busters here in the comments.