I just posted a question on this site and attempted to add a tag for budget, only to see that there are two tags "budget" and "budgeting" that as best I can tell are very similar if not identical...and that was a bit confusing to someone who is not a "pro" user of this site. Should these be tag synonyms? One tag appears to have significantly more use than the other tag.
The distinction is this:
- budget is for when you want something inexpensive (as opposed to, say, luxury.) Couchsurfing, free public wifi, using libraries in towns you're visiting, that sort of thing. You want to save money.
- budgeting is for the work of figuring out what something will cost, whether it's a luxury cruise, a set of flights, or a backpack-and-hitchhike tour of Europe. You want to plan your costs in advance.
Personally I would roll budgeting into planning since you can't make a reasonable cost approximation without doing a whole pile of planning. This would also eliminate confusion for people who don't use the adjective "budget" to mean low-cost, and see only the noun "budget" when they read the tag. There are only 10 questions tagged budgeting and 8 of those are closed. Making it a synonym feels like a good idea to me.