Spending Tracking Fail

I want to, but I am too busy to keep up with spending tracking.  I wanted to post regular graphs, and to really keep it going.  I wanted to see each spend, and to keep a close eye on it.  I don’t have the time.  The value is not there to me.  I know folks may think I am crazy, or making excuses.  It feels that way to me, but there is my counter point.

The standard piece of advice I give to everyone about everything is that you have to filter all advice to you.  I already have the voice in my head that says, do you need this whenever I spend.  I already do the mental gymnastics to see if I can use what I have, including at dinner time, and I know when I go against my own better judgement. After about 6 weeks of trying this,  and really not doing for the last 2 – 3 weeks, I decided that the test was over.  I’m not gaining anything.  My habits are not improving, nor getting worse, and sadly, nor am I getting any interesting information.  That’s the deal breaker for me, and really what I was hoping for.

I am an engineer. I love measuring things.  I love the scientific method, and I apply it everywhere.  Even with my erosion control.  I first tried cheap leaves and grass clippings.  That worked until it didn’t, and so I now tried small stones.  If that fails, then I will buy border plastic that people put in gardens that are supported by stakes.  I will do that, and some larger and some of the smaller stones.

At the end of the day, regular spending tracking does not work for me.  It’s kind of a bummer, and maybe I didn’t give it enough time, but I just have to many other things vying for my attention, and this does not make the cut.

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2 Comments

    1. That’s the realization I came to. I work long hours. I spend time with my son, and my wife. I care for my home and yard. I spend time on my hobbies. I spend time learning new coding languages and techniques, supporting my professional skills. Everything I do has to bring value. The value of this comes from me just double checking my spending.

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