I am constantly amazed at guys that can read box scores and can tell you everything that happened, even if they didn’t watch the game. They speak in figures: Innings, At-Bats, Runs, Errors, all kinds of information that a novice fan would think was as complicated as Trigonometry (PS – I had to spellcheck that word).
So why do guys say that they would suck at doing a budget? There are so many similarities: Numbers, averages, percentages, goals, timeframes, and in personal finance there are only one or two players to be concerned with (themselves and possibly a family). A real sports fan could be excellent at tracking their spending (runs/hits/errors) and then lay out a game plan in the form of a budget (income and expenses).
It all comes down to caring. How can I say this with such certainty? Because I can look at someones Budget or even their Tax Return and find out a TON about who they are and what they do. But I could care less about who won the ball game or the On Base Percentage of fill-in-the-blank. If it were important enough then I would start paying attention to Albert Pujols’ .329 lifetime batting average (yes, I had to Wikipedia it).
The great news is we live in a society where you can get such information easily – whether it be sports stats or it is a budget spreadsheets with instructions (watch my video on how to create the Absolute Simplest Budget In Excel).
Yes, I know doing a budget is boring. But you can always add a category line item for Season Tickets!