Living on a budget is so hard to do sometimes! It really can get discouraging especially if your friends aren’t ones on a budget as well. It can be easy to lose track of your budget. Doesn’t it sometimes seem like we take two steps forward to take 10 back sometimes? (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
In case you hadn’t noticed, budgeting is hard. Living frugally is hard. Sometimes going without the things that you want can be hard. If you’re trying to live frugally and haven’t realized this fact yet, you will eventually and yes. I promise you’re going to want to quit. Reminding yourself of certain things can help you pull through those moments.
5 Things To Remind Yourself When Living On A Budget:
Why You’re Living Frugally – It doesn’t matter whether you’re living on a budget out of necessity, to save more money. Or even to see how low you can get your expenses, be sure to remind your self why. This will be the biggest help for you when things get rough. Some people even find it helpful to print out their why and hang it someplace where they will see it each day.
Remember What Your Dreams Are – Living on a budget and living a frugal lifestyle, it’s easy to not only forget why you are. It can also be easy to forget what you’re dreaming about too. Your dreams and your reasons why maybe the same, but they may not be. Maybe the reason you’re living on less is out of necessity, but your dreams are to own your own home and be debt-free. Whatever they are, remind yourself of those dreams often.
That it won’t last forever – Living on a budget will probably be something you do for your entire life. However, living on a tight budget may not last as long. Instead, once your budget has room for you to loosen up, things will run smoother and the “quit” feeling that you’ve currently got will go away. It does take willpower to hang in when things get tight, but, you’ll be glad that you did.
That it is for the “greater good” – No, I don’t mean the greater good of society, but for the greater good of your family. It enables you to have the money that you need when you need it. Plus it will allow you to save for the things you want. It may even be what is keeping your head above water financially right now.
What your future is– Lots of people look into their future and see only work, more struggling, and a life filled without the funds that they need. By continuing to live on your budget when things get hard, by keeping on when you feel like quitting, you are setting up a financial future for yourself and your family. Very few people work to do this. Keeping that in mind will always help when things get tough.
How do you handle living on a budget?? Any tips to make it easier?