Creating and following a budget can be an emotionally challenging task. You can feel restricted by the limits of your spending and what you can't afford. Inspire yourself to stick to your budget by thinking about what you can do rather than what you can't.
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Focus on spending your money on experiences or things that matter more to you. Marisa Torrieri, writing on Refinery29, has a great example:
Maybe you've cut back on your weekday takeout, but you've allowed yourself a Friday-night dinner out with your significant other that caps off a hard week — a weekly expense that carries more personal significance.
She also cautions to build money into your budget for "fun" expenses, if you can. You'll be less likely to overspend when you already have funds set aside for costs that may not be very practical, but are necessary for your mental or emotional health. For more tips on how to approach common financial issues, check out the full post linked below.