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Most people who start budgeting soon learn that they’ve made errors and maybe even big ones. As an example of this, suppose you thought you could limit your grocery spending to $400 a month and you actually spent $550. Don't be discouraged. Learn from your mistake, make adjustments to your budget and move on. You might be able to find other categories where you could make up that $150 difference. Or you might find ways to spend less money on food. For that matter, you shouldn't think of your budget as something carved in stone. Instead, think of it more as a game plan. No football coach would institute a game plan and then never deviate from it no matter the circumstances. He would watch the game and then make changes to fit what was happening on the field. You should view your budget the same way.
Keep on tracking
You will need to continue tracking your spending. For the first few months you should sit down at the end of every 30 days and compare your spending versus your budget and make adjustments accordingly. The really important thing isn’t how much you spent in each category but that you stay within the total amount you budgeted for the month. If you can do this, you will be able to have money to pay down your debts, to stash away in an emergency fund or to save for retirement. Plus, you will have a much happier, less stressful life