A few months ago, I wrote an article explaining that the solution to keeping a budget is as simple (and complex) as maintaining awareness, and I asked you to do two things:
1. For 30 days, every time you make a purchase, take three seconds to notice what you spend your money on.
2. Send me your stories about your discoveries.
The point was not to change your behavior, or to beat yourself up with what I like to call “the budget stick.” The point was simply to notice.