More Services. I am old enough to remember the days when families had one phone number. One phone number meant one phone bill. Now almost everybody carries a cell phone, and we still have a home phone. Our phone bills have doubled or tripled. We also have cable TV and internet services to pay for. These used to be luxuries, but now we rely upon them. _ Busy Lives. We are very busy these days, and it seems challenging to fit in everything we want to do.. Because of this, we tend to eat out more. When we do eat in, we rely upon expensive convenience foods. With rising prices, it is hard enough to keep the price of groceries under control. But now we are spending a lot more on food.
Almost everybody I know, which includes me, has let a budget get out of control at one time or another. I really think it used to be able to control personal finances because it was not as easy to spend money. As I work on my own budget, and as I speak to people I know, here are some common problems that get people in trouble. Debit and Credit Cards. It is just so easy to buy things by swiping a piece of plastic that we lose track of how much money we spend. A decade or so ago we spent cash or wrote checks. It made us think about spending money more as we had to carry enough money or go through the act of writing and recording our checks.