The Emotionally-Loaded “B” Word: Why You Hate Budgeting

$57 for the Lego Friends set (on sale). $223 on books through the school fair. $80 for a couple of board games. 

I scrolled through the spreadsheet I’d made to budget for and track holiday spending, and it quickly became clear: we’d already spent our whole holiday budget. And I’d only purchased about half of the items I’d planned out. 

The ~feelings~ started creeping in. Anger at the world: Since when is everything so damn expensive? Disgust with myself: I’m such a bad planner. What was wrong with me that I couldn’t do something as simple as stick to my budget for this one thing? Frustration at my dilemma: What am I supposed to do now??