Plan Ahead: Budget for Accessories, Too

Grill Covers and Accessories

If you’re anything like me, you budget for a new purchase but forget to budget for all the stuff that goes along with it.  The bills start to rack up when I realize that I need accessories in order to make my original purchase work.  Case in point…my new gas grill.

I recently set aside a certain amount of money for the purpose of buying a new gas grill, on which I’ve been anxious to cook a number of recipes I learned from watching the food channels on television.  When my local hardware center advertised a special on gas grills, I found the one of my dreams.  Lucky me, it cost just under what I had budgeted.

I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I realized that I did not have enough left in the budget after the purchase for vital accessories like the propane tank, the grilling tools, and the grill cover.  My pride deflated quickly.  It took a bit more time, but before long, I was able to purchase the grill accessories and begin my backyard adventures in the new world of grilling out.

The lesson I learned I pass on to you — be sure to set aside enough money in your budget for any important accessories that don’t already come with your big purchase.  Doing so will eliminate the let down of paying more than expected, or having to wait a while to enjoy the original purchase.

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