Don’t Live a Financial Fantasy: Manage Money Based On Reality

$800.  That’s what I consistently spend on monthly groceries for our family of four.But I’m not always happy with that number. Other finance bloggers spend far, far less — sometimes as little as $100 per person, per month. I compare my budget that’s double that and wonder, why can’t I do that too? I get sucked into googling how to save on groceries, looking for an easy answer or a simple way to spend less on food. I obsess over my meal plans and grocery mailers and coupons until my eyes cross. Other times I tell myself: It’s fine! I’m trying! Feeding a family is no easy thing, and our spending is below the average for a family of four. I already keep costs low while feeding everyone, and my spending is consistent. I’m doing great, really, and there’s just no room or need for improvement. In both cases, I’ve noticed something happens: I idealize a financial situation — either someone else’s or my own. When I idealize other people’s finances In the first case, I look at someone else’s situation and automatically view that as the ideal. In this example, it’s other people’s grocery budgets. But it also happens … Continue reading Don’t Live a Financial Fantasy: Manage Money Based On Reality