I have been reading back over some old threads and the one I am into at the moment is "Taking control of our own budget...." https://www.simplesavings.com.au/fora/3355030/?p=7 On this particular page, Mimi does a analogy of a certain take away chain boasting a meal deal for $4.95 and putting that into context that for her family that would come in at under $15 and what she can buy with that money.
It reminds me of a conversation I had with DS this past week. He had nearly $30 in his account last Friday and by Monday it was gone. When I had a bit of a look at his spending he was buying take away so we discussed what he could have bought with that money and how it could have benefited him more than buying the take away meals. I know kids will be kids and it is a bit of joy to have some take away but he is a very active child so eating empty calorie meals means that within 15 minutes he is hungry again or he has to spend up to $20 (yep he did this) on a meal just to "fill" him.
I spoke to him about how this fortnight I have $11 left from the budget and what I could spend that on, the decisions about should I purchase a chicken and some luncheon meat for lunches as we run out of ham or should I spend it on ham? What else could I spend this money on and should I save it for the next fortnight and we just eat what we have on hand.
I will keep on reading through this thread of Mimi's as there has been some wonderful stuff discussed on it, plus it has given me more motivation to keep on pushing through.