I finally worked up the nerve to balance out the budget. With the move, setting up the new house, and dh coming home from his deployment we went $500 over budget. $300 of that was for legal requirements on my van!
We could have covered the overage from our checking account but that would have left us only $70 for the rest of the month (after all bills paid). We decided we have been through a unique experience and had enough stress in our lives for a long time. We decided to take the $500 from the emergency fund and return to life as normal asap.
I feel ridiculously guilty for doing so. I also feel a lot less stressed out by the finances.
Must be my inner Catholic but I feel better now that I have confessed