An Interesting Experiment!!!

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Registered: 10-01-2009
An Interesting Experiment!!!
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 8:37pm

Well the results are in....

Two weeks ago I embarked on an experiment to see if I could guesstimate how I was spending my money and staying somewhat within budget.

For the past 14 months I have meticulously tracked spending down to the penny and got tired of the drudgery of it.

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Registered: 10-01-2008
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 3:40pm

I don't track every penny that I spend, but I'm on a cash only basis, so when it's gone, it's gone.


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 2:13pm

Thank you!

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Registered: 03-27-2005
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 12:59pm

I use a zero based budget.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 12:03pm

I actually don't track it per say.

All of my money goes somewhere when I get paid and there isn't usually much left over if any because I tell the money where to go. Some to sinking funds to pay things later, some to bills, some to mortgage, some to savings. I don't really ever feel the need to use a credit card because I know there won't be anything to pay it off with.

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 10:35am
We track everything but our Blow Money - Dh and I both get $200 a month to do whatever with, so we track that AS blow money.
Our issue was spending on the kids, now the kids are in college and it is amazing that I still have $80 in my wallet sometimes on payday, before I get money out for the period.

I have been tracking for 4 years now.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 10:11am

I tracked money to the dollar for years.

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Registered: 05-09-2002
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 7:05am

We use Quicken to track our spending, and I couldn't live without it, at least because I would never know what exactly we have in our checking accounts and what bills have been paid, not paid, etc.

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Registered: 01-08-2012
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 9:32pm

lol :) i did the exact same thing for years! yes, years. and to save my life or limbs i could not tell you where that money went.

i keep track of my spending in a baby notebook i keep in my purse and round up the nearest whole dollar to keep the math really easy so i cannot avoid doing it.