When I was a teenager, before I had a debit or credit card, my father taught me how to manually balance a checkbook. He made me keep every receipt from my purchases, and at the end of every week we would sit down and do the math to see my current checking balance. If the total matched my most recent bank statement, then we were done. If it didn’t, we poured through each purchase to find the inconsistency. This practice taught me some valuable lessons, like making sure you didn’t get overcharged or ensuring you didn’t overdraft. However, one major lesson was lacking from my father’s teachings — the necessity of budgeting. In this post, we will discuss my favorite budgeting application, Mint.
I have finally worked up the nerve to reveal my biggest budgeting woe — food and drinks. I am a sucker for a good dinner and drink session with friends and family, and my outlandish spending has gotten me in trouble in the past. Here’s how we are making changes.