I will teach you today, how to you stay focused and inspired when you're tempted to go off your budget.
Remember how hard it was to claw my way out of debt. I remember how painful it was being unemployed for 9 months, coasting along for the first 3 thinking I'd be fine since I had 7 months' savings plus unemployment for 6 months, then the unemployment and savings running out, then the credit cards getting maxed out, finally finding a job and clawing my way out of debt in a year.
I also keep a written monthly budget on my phone (EveryDollar App), and I put every penny I spend into the app. Before I buy anything I look to see if it's in the budget. If it's not then I either have to not get it, plan to save up for it, or not spend somewhere else and modify the budget accordingly. But I also have "poor kid syndrome" so I'm always horrified of being broke even if I've got a good job and money saved up.
Also work with cash - once it's gone it's gone for the month. Remembering that you can't spend more than you make. Remembering I can't afford it…
So let me know how you stay focused and inspired when you're tempted to go off your budget.