That's a great summary.
This year I plan on spending more mindfully as well. I'm also like you in that I have one year of budgeting under my belt. This weekend I plan to sort through it and figure out how much I spent on everything. It's going to be eye-opening. Not in a bad way, just in a way that I've never seen it before. I always save first, then pay bills, and if I have leftover money, it goes wherever I want. That's not very good considering I could be saving for *shrug* something.
Right! Though I wasn't really budgeting, just tracking expenses really well.
My *shrug* something fund is the house down payment fund. In ING, it is named "Pony."
One advantage of saving before budgeting is that the "savings" numbers I have really take the sting out of the "stupid expenses" numbers I have.