Youtube is my cable. I have learned to re-love old television shows and even fall in love with some new ones. I recently watched Diagnosis Murder and the Beverly Hillbillies. Those shows are great! I want to watch more.
Here's something I found out about budgeting last summer that I never posted:
When my monthly bills change drastically, it's better to budget weekly or biweekly. That helps keep up with the fluctuations.
When everything is smooth sailing, then I can budget monthly.
While I was renting a basement, my budget was the same every month, so I didn't pay attention to it much. I just stuck with the budget.
During the summer, I started budgeting again because of the changes in rent, storage fees, and not making car payments to myself but instead paying extra money back on debt again.
Now that I'm renting a room again, I find myself not using Everydollar consistently. I just fill the envelopes, let the bills get paid automatically, and even the debt is on auto-pilot.
Here's a blessing: I noticed in December that my envelopes are getting rather full of money that is not being spent. That's because I'm cooking more at home and carrying lunches to work (my lunches this week amount to $2/day!), and also because my commute to and from work is shorter than it was a year ago. I'm going to make a bank deposit and put that cash back into the bank. Then I'm reducing the amount called for on my envelopes.
Food dropped from $100 a week to $75 a week to now $50 a week.
Gas dropped from $40 a week to $30 a week.