On the first of each month, when I’m at home, here in Oaxaca, I go to the ATM and get $9,000 pesos. I pay my rent, which is $4,000 pesos, and covers all utilities, Internet, cable etc. $5,000 pesos are usually more money than I need for a month, but not last month. I ran short because I spent foolishly.
I remember being broke and not having any option but to suffer. It was a difficult time, but it prepared me for times like these, when self-discipline rather than necessity is the impetus to stay on budget.