And to all those married couples who never truly budgeted: you will be shocked and embarrassed on how much money you waste on food. Eating out, excess lunches etc. [/quote]
They would also have a happier healthier marriage. I wonder how many marriages could’ve been saved with a 2 hour monthly budgeting meeting between spouses.[/quote]
I agree with this 100%. My wife and I still budget together.[/quote]
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!”.
I don’t know how I would deal with your situation. Thankfully, the GF is very on board with the whole thing. What issues to you run into about what numbers mean? Budgeting, to me at least, is one of those things that’s amazingly simple yet difficult.