Hope you all had fun, safe, relaxing weekends! And if you happened to spend your weekend street racing in front of our apartment at 3am, honking your horn, revving up your stupid engine on your stupid looking modified car, all whilst waking up sleeping children and their grumpy parents… I will punch you in the throat. I will gladly trade in my “No worries, I’m still young and hip!” card for a “I’m really good at calling the cops” one if it means never hearing you scream by at 100MPH+ in front of our house ever again. So if you’re out there, you’ve been warned. Oh, and happy Monday!
Some of you might be familiar with our About You posts where we ask readers questions and request, nay, demand answers. Usually they’re personal and deep (“Choose one: permanent Cheeto’s fingers or permanent corn between your teeth?“), but today we wanted to get at some meat and potatoes: your budget. We’re interested for three reasons: one, we blog about budgeting and we want to get a better sense of the diversity of opinion and methods out there; two, it’s fun for other readers to get a peek into what others are doing, too; three, I thought I had a third, but all I can think about is this Super Gusher Ball wrapped with Fruit By the Foot and filled with Gushers.
- How do you track your budget?
- Do you track your expenses manually or automagically?
- Does your budget have a name?
- How often do you check your budget?
- Scale of 1-10: how satisfied are you with your budgeting system?
[ 1 = sad Keanu // 10 = how you felt when you got your first NERF gun]
- BONUS: If your budget was a person, who would it look like?
We’ll start with our answers, mostly to further diminish our credibility and make you wonder why you’re here reading our words:
- We currently use an app called HomeBudget for our day-to-day tracking, and Mint.com for our monthly at-a-glance tracking.
- Manually. If we felt more in control over our finances using an automated system, we’d be all about it.
- Sebastian, but usually preceded by some mild expletive.
- Every time we make a purchase is the goal. But a few times a week is sometimes the result.
- 6. It works OK, but it’s too easy to get behind. And getting behind = frustration. And frustration = Oreo binging. And Oreo binging = going over budget on Oreos to feed our frustration. Rinse and repeat.
- We want it to look like Uncle Joey from Full House, but it really looks like the “Bueller… Bueller…” professor on Ferris Bueller.
So that’s that. Your turn. Answer with a comment below.