Thursday, January 15, 2009

Define Budget

Men and women have differing ideas regarding budgets. When I talk about a budget, what I'm really referring to is My Spending Plan. I typically use the term budget as a verb, and I define it as ongoing calculations (usually done in my head) regarding money. These calculations are used to justify my purchases. I like to call these purchases planned dispersions of funds. Never mind that the planning of such dispersions are often incredibly brief...

The calculations involved in my budgeting go something like this:

Hmmmm, cute shoes. If we don't buy groceries, and we only eat food from our food storage supply, I could buy these very cute shoes...

See? Thoughtful consideration of the situation results in meals for the family, and new shoes for me! Success!

Alternately, The Mister views the word budget as a noun. It's a very heavy word and should always be printed in bold letters. The Mister's budget is a list of monetary inflows and outflows and categorizes all expenditures. I think The Mister's budget actually has a category entitled Frivolous Spending. I think that is where he lists things like the aforementioned shoes.

The Mister's budget works more like this:
If we're going to take a vacation this year, we're going to need to cut back on spending. *meaningful glance in my direction* We could do less online shopping and take the kids to Disneyland instead...

Seriously, isn't my way so much more fun?

5 comments:

TravelByTurtle said...

The Mister has an MBA. His is the correct version of a budget.

Bebe said...

TravelByTurtle, I posted your comment, but with reservations. You better be a little more diplomatic if you want to be invited to dinner anytime soon! Love ya! bb

The Strosser Family said...

Who is this travelbyturtle..?? Bonnie, you have the right idea, and as much as I like the mister, your way is the only way!!!

TravelByTurtle said...

Bebe,
Logic and reason dictated that I side with the Mister on this issue. Realistically, we all know you will prevail and your perspective win the day. The Mister has seemed like a good sport when describing his 'losses' in the debate of perspectives. We men realize that we won't 'win' (whatever that means). TS Eliot wrote something applicable, and though he was describing a much wider thought, it seems to fit the challenge 'we' men face....

"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business."

Bebe said...

Gotta love ya TravelByTurtle. Always thinking. And BTW--the door's still open for dinner, anytime.

 
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