Raise your hand if you absolutely LOVE BUDGETING!! (...awkward cough...) Right. Exactly my point. I don't really know anyone who thinks budgeting and cutting back on spending is super duper fun. No, not even me. In fact, ESPECIALLY not me. Have I found ways to get excited about it? Have I found ways to stay motivated? Have I found methods that work? You bet. But do I innately love budgeting and finances? No way josé.
The interesting misconception I often run into is that people think “budgeting” is a timeline. Like a crash diet. You “budget” for a time, get it out of your system and do what you need to do, then go back to “normal”. (Let's see how many times I can use “quotations” in one paragraph.) The reality is that budgeting is a lifestyle, not a timeline. Sure, you can crash diet and lose 10 pounds in 1 month by eating nothing but salty lemon water and oxygen. But what happens when you start eating real people food again? That's right, those 10 pounds come back on faster than a mom in Target on Black Friday.
The trick is to never stop budgeting. To make it so much of an everyday…thing, that you hardly notice it any more.
But…what about those times when you need to cinch your belt so tightly, that you really are saying no to everything? Cutting back on it all? Miserably scraping by and losing all hope that you will ever get out of your financial situation? What happens when you just can't find the energy or willpower to even get started with setting a budget in the first place? What if you are motivated, but your spouse isn't? Or your spouse is motivated, and you
How do you push through and stay motivated…when you JUST. DON'T. WANT. TO??
Have no fear, Mama J has some tips for you!
I did a quick video to give you plenty of ideas for how to get motivated, stay motivated, and sometimes even harder…motivate your spouse.
Watch the video online or click and watch below:
Here are some additional posts to help you and your spouse stay motivated:
- Simplest Budgeting Methods…EVER!
- How to Hold a Finance Date Night (or “Money Date”) …and Why You Should!)
- How to get your spouse to stop spending money
Hope that helps! Good luck to you all. Now, let's get out there and be all motivated and stuff! ;P