Truth Time: Things I’m Glad My Budget Doesn’t Track

When we enter our transactions faithfully, our budgets become a source of truth about our spending—and that data can be pretty telling about life in general.

(Like that time I spent $28 to have ice cream delivered to my house? Yeah, I was going through some stuff, there’s no need to bring it up now. Let’s move on.)

Although that information can be extremely helpful when it comes to analyzing financial trends and adjusting behavior accordingly—yes, I could have driven one mile to the store and saved roughly $21—sometimes the accompanying reality check feels more like an NFL-caliber tackle than a response hug.

Accountability hurts a little.

So, we started thinking about all of the things we’re glad our budgets don’t track. Here’s what Instagram had to offer:

Calories Screen time How many Oreos I eat in a day How often I impulse buy snacks in line at Trader Joe's
How much time I waste on social media!  My naps What I eat Time spent on TikTok The hours I watch Hulu What I'm actually eating My negative self-talk when I spend money, even from funded categories The amount of time spent looking at my budget
The amount of times I WAM How often I think about getting take out My procrastination My sleep How many times I think about spending my budget on only coffee and books My eating habits How many times I ask my cats to stop attacking our plants before moving them If I told you, I would have to kill you
Cash The stock market The number of times I check my YNAB Budget How much bread I consume How often I don't exercise Candy
How many hours I spend watching Netflix or scrolling social media How many times I move money into my fun money category because I underfund Calories on my take out and dining out categories Gym time How many times I reach into the kids' snack cabinet Time spent messing with my budget Books bought at supermarkets Hours of Netflix
My afternoon chocolate and chips intake How many french fries I feed my dog ​​My random FB marketplace selling.  Hello extra fun money My Netflix hours watched Screen time Time on Instagram How much coffee I drink every morning My sleep
How many times I look up flights but don't buy tickets What I actually put in my online cart Alcohol

Go ahead and enjoy your untracked indulgences, friends. No one has to know!

And keep budgeting—it’s good for you! (Unlike $28 ice cream deliveries.)

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