Your 10% Tithe at Work
I am not a good manager of money, so anything that deals with that area of my life is a burden. When I was in high school... this wasn't such a big deal. I didn't have expenses to speak of that would be neglected if I forgot to pay tithing one month and had to catch up later on.
In college, it was a different story. I tried hard to remember, but I just didn't sometimes and when I had to try to catch up, it was pretty painful. My senior year of college, I had to record that I had not paid a full tithe for the first time in my life. I remember being mortified and horrified by having to check that box when I went into tithing settlement with the bishop. I remember trying to think of a way to get the money before I went to tithing settlement so that I wouldn't be a partial tithe payer anymore, but there was just no where to get the couple of hundred dollars I needed to catch up.
Tithing was always a bit of a burden for me. Since I didn't really manage or pay that much attention to the money I had, I didn't really notice how much was actually going (or not going) to tithing.
I always knew that paying tithing was a good thing because it was a simple rule to follow that made all of the wonderful things we did in the church possible. I liked the simplicity of it and how you could easily know if you were following that commandment.
There were people who took it further than I did, though (I always paid 10% of my gross income). I knew a guy in my home ward who estimated what 10% of his birthday presents would be and paid that in tithing, too, since the commandment refers to your "increase."
There are some things that haven't changed about me. I am still terrible at money management, but at least if I don't remember to pay for the cable one month I'm not breaking a commandment (okay... I probably am... but I would have less guilt about it).