So can I just start by saying that budgeting is no fun! I know it's the whole sacrifice now, reward later but it's just hard. I've been earning some extra money recently (I've been taking care of people's pets, AKA getting paid to live at someone else house) and it would be nice to treat my self to something special. Alas, there are the rules. Those tricky rules.
This week I went to Kohl's and bought myself some new leggings and workout pants (I also started this new workout shenanigans, it's a form of martial arts called Capoeira, need to figure out if that could fit in the budget), so there went my one purchase over 30 dollars, good thing it was "necessary".
Anyway, I've only strayed from my $10 a day of "fun" money once in the three weeks I've been doing this, so I feel like that's a good thing.
The temptation to spend more will only lead to my continual lack of money, I'm fighting that urge so much! If I want to be able to save for vacation, a "rainy day" etc, I need to push myself now to not spend, and that's a lesson that is hard and incredibly annoying to learn.
Good luck with your budget woes! What has helped you get past the spending "urge"?