Having watched the DVD "The Secret" with my wife, and agreeing on most of the points made therein, we now often joke about their example of "getting a check in the mail". For example, if we had budgetted $150 for our electricity bill and the bill comes in at only $130, to us, this is a $20 check in the mail.
We've found that we can celebrate these little things by using the plans from our budget. Of course we are looking for ways to continuously save money and become more efficient, but these little celebrations really help!
These mini celebrations help keep our attitudes positive and our minds on the goal of becoming financially independent. Now, paying our bills is less of a burden, because we're excited to see if a bill is actually a "check in the mail".