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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.