So, right before I depart for a weekend get-away, I sat down, combed through my credit card activities, and manually entered in all my expenditures into my trusty PearBudget spreadsheet.
Yeah, I admit, I got a little tired of entering in every. single. expense., but guess what? Actually typing in $66 (dinner with CB) or $132 (tickets to Disneyland) is different than just seeing the figures on my credit card statement on a screen. The former prompts the reaction: “oh, wow, I’ve been a little liberal with the spending there, should rein it in…”, and the latter inspires more of a, “hmmm, that’s nice. Great modern technology helping me keep track of my spending” attitude.
So I guess just the act of typing in some not-so-big numbers that ADDS UP to pretty big numbers is different than passively viewing the figures.
I don’t doubt that there won’t be times I stray from PearBudget, but I’ll probably find my way back. My wallet will thank me for it.