When doing a budget, I find myself constantly pondering this question: is my plan truly reasonable, or am I rationalizing what I want? Am I making reasonable plans for expenditure, saving, and investing that will be what is best, or am I rationalizing how important it is to have certain creature comforts in my budget to actually tolerate living by it? Round and round it goes, what I decide, only I know. Well, my wife and I know, and we decide together. I am sure we have a heavy dose of both reasonable and rationalized.
So today, if anyone is willing (and I am fine with anonymous responses if it promotes honesty without concern of anyone knowing), I would love to know typical spending on food, clothing, and anything else tracked in a family budget (preferably with an explanation of family size and income). I have ideas on what we spend, but I would love to compare it to other people's budgets to establish better guidelines for my own budgets. This post is probably the most vague I have done, so I want to clarify: I am asking anyone willing to share their budgets to do so in the comments section. Any budgeting advice is obviously welcome, too. Anyone else looking for help can find it here, too, if enough people share.