The week is over and I did it. I stayed on budget... $12 a day (plus $3 a day for the peanut). It feels so good. All the hard work and self discipline are so worth it. I love the accomplishment!
Now that my husband is being regularly informed (whether he likes it or not) I'm feeling REALLY compelled to hold up to my end of the bargin/ stick to the $12 a day budget for my spending and all the groceries/ household supplies.
I left next weeks budget summary on the counter in the kitchen for him yesterday. There's no cushion this week. The ending balance before payday is 16 cents. When I got home from work I asked if he'd looked at it. I received a simple "Yes." So far he's not complained about anything budget related for the upcoming week.
Despite the grumbling he actually did a pretty good job only spending his "spending" cash this week. There were a few random debits... a video game rental and a food purchase at work when he ran out of money. (ok, after his intial revolt/ CD purchase) But otherwise props to him for spending considerably less than normal and really attempting to comply with the dreaded budget.
Goal number 3 is officially under way and I am SOOO back in the game!