Ep. 435: Discretionary Spending + Financial News Rundown

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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Pete abandoned the show opening tune and got scolded by Damian! Whew!

No time to listen?  Here’s a preview of what happened and when:

Show Notes:


  • “Dear Pete, I heard colleagues talking about discretionary spending this week. It got me thinking about how much money I allow myself to spend in any given month. I typically give myself some cushion for dinning out and a random purchase here or there. Beyond that, I tend to keep a pretty low balance in my checking account because I tend to spend more responsibly if I limit the amount of money I have access to. How do you think about discretionary spending?

    • DAMIAN: Discretionary spending is actually planned, you just don’t know what you’re spending it on yet.
    • DAMIAN: It’s quite variable, so don’t compare yourself to other families in this category
    • PETE: You’re giving yourself an allowance; what you spend it on is what’s discretionary. It took an ugly turn when online banking came out. The debit card makes spending all too easy.
    • PETE: You have to find a way that works for you. You don’t need to keep boatloads of money in your checking account.


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