I have never been very good at budgeting. Luckily my spouse is! In my second bachelor days (1986-93) I had some rough times making the time between checks and the money available balance out ! (large child-support payments came out of that first)
California Teachers are paid on the first of the Month only…which makes the time between checks seem to be forever when you are stretching the bucks over 30 days !! It was quite normal for me at the time to think going out to eat during the last week or so of the month would be defined as a bunch of Jack-In-The-Box 2/99 cent Tacos!! We also had a local Bar/Mexican Restaurant that sold dollar-beers in the afternoon. They put out trays of left-overs from the Lunch Buffet for finger-food at the Bar from 4-6pm. Many evenings a few of us in the ‘budget group’ would buy a couple of beers and chow down on those leftovers for a "free" dinner.
Then along came Janet…and suddenly my money seemed to expand![:D] It really was an amazing difference in lifestyle…to this day I don’t understand why my bachelor days were so ‘lean’???