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Old 09-18-2010, 11:01 AM   #41
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My budget is what I could spend in any given month, not what I will spend. My budget is what I could spend and not run out of money before I die. I expect to spend less than what I have budget in most categories. Some areas like Utilities, $300 a month, are within a percent or two. Other areas like Travel, $2,000 a month, could be spot on, but are most likely over. I look more to annual spending than monthly spending, as most of my non housing and health spending tend to be quite discretionary.
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Wow, according to the BLS survey I am way low on my alcohol consumption... I guess I better pick up the pace.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:42 PM   #43
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Excluding property tax my monthly budget is 1300. That only represents recurring expenses and nothing for vacation.
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Those are and will continue to be my top 3 costs so...its going to be really low. Probably somewhere in the $300 to $400/month range. Largest categories in order are Food ($100), Auto ($80), and Entertainment ($70). Utilities would be 4th if that isn't counted in housing.
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Those are and will continue to be my top 3 costs so...its going to be really low. Probably somewhere in the $300 to $400/month range. Largest categories in order are Food ($100), Auto ($80), and Entertainment ($70). Utilities would be 4th if that isn't counted in housing.
I can not under any scenario see how someone can live on a food budget of just $100 per month. Definitely not a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables and decent cuts of meat. Just curious, but can you tell us what you ate in the last few days as an example.
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What about income tax? Include or exclude as an expense?
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Haven't looked at our budget in a while, but I know we're over $3k a month. I'm keeping a sizable toy budget as long as I have to work until DW retires.
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