Cole, you are a great writer. As someone who blogs about personal finance and is a strong budget advocate, I actually thoroughly enjoyed your story about the “Fart Whilst Running Expense.”

I just have something to add — I have a budget, but it’s practical. I satisfy my weekly sushi craving, buy overpriced coffee and treat myself to a few books every month. I just crafted a budget that suits my lifestyle. It is possible to not be deprived, while still working within a system you set for yourself. :)

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