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June 20th, 2011, 09:27 PM
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How do you track your expenditures?
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June 21st, 2011, 06:43 AM
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I have a 2 step process. I have an excel spreadsheet that when I pay the bills each month the amount goes in. I have these categories:

Mortgage
HOA fee
My student loan
His student loan
Life insurance-private
Life insurance thru work
Retirement investment
Electric
Gas
Water/trash
Cable/internet/phone
Cell phone
YMCA
Medical Insurance
Car insurance

Then for the variable expenses each month I keep a table in Word so that I can put a note by each expense in the categories (ex: whose dr visit it was, whose gas, etc). At the end of the month, I add up each category and then put the total for each category in the excel spreadsheet.

Medical
Car gas
Car maintenance
Home Improvement
Home Maintenane
Lawn Care
Office Supplies
Pictures
Entertainment/Eating out
Vacation
Household (groceries, toiletries, etc)
Gifts
Clothes
Pets
Church
Other donations
Misc
Large purchases (anything oer $100 that otherwise would go in misc)
Kids activities (sports, etc)
Hangar rent
Flying expenses
Airplane expenses
Hubby's other hobbies
My money

So by looking at the spreadsheet I can see where the money went and then if I need further info for a variable category(like how the heck did we spend X on Z that month) I can refer back to my table to see my notes.

At the end of the year I figure out the percentages of our total budget that each category is.
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June 21st, 2011, 11:01 AM
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I use an excel spreadsheet to break down the big bills that are paid monthly. Then I use a ledger pencil and paper method for tracking day to day expenses. It helps me to be more aware of what I am spending when have to write it down and do the math.
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