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Think of it as a battle plan and not as a straitjacket
A good way to think of your budget is as a battle plan. As with a battle plan, you can make changes as you learn more about your spending and your priorities. Don't beat yourself up if you find that you cannot successfully stay completely within your budget in each and every category. Look for areas where you’re spending more than you had budgeted and areas where you are spending less. You can then adjust your categories accordingly. For example, if you find that you simply can't cut your grocery bill by as much as you budgeted, you might find you’re spending less on transportation than you thought. You could reduce it and then increase your grocery budget accordingly.