This is a constant source of friction with me and mine. We have entirely different philosophies on budgeting, numbers, and what they mean.
I think that these are all very concrete incontrovertible indicators of money in, money out, and money left over.
I still can't figure out what they hell she thinks they mean. It gets way too personal/emotional intangible- Then the defenses come up, the argument starts and any hope of useful and productive conversation is lost.
It usually ends with me scratching my head saying "WTF? They're just numbers!".