In the past two months, we threw the budget out. We had multiple $100+ dinners, bought anything we pleased, entertained friends, traveled for football, didn't balance the checkbook and paid without thinking. Basically, it was like the 2005 version of us returned. Our budget will survive, no bills went unpaid, and we're much better able to afford a break from the budget, but now we have to be good for the next few months.
Over the last week, I've slowly been clawing my way through receipts and balancing the checkbook, and each time I see a reckless expenditure, it's hard not to want to continue with eating out at a nice restaurant instead of an inexpensive home-cooked meal. To buy that nice bottle of bourbon. To say yes to fun events. With the pain of revolving credit card balances just a memory, it's so tempting to continue living in the moment. But we won't, because the next few years could mean a lot of changes -- in residence, in employment, in dreams realized. If we want to be prepared for those changes, and be able to welcome them, now is the time to make it happen. As we approach our mid-thirties, it's make it or break it for living the life we want.