Running through my head, clouding my brain, the numbers…..
It’s part of what I do. I guess it’s why I majored in accounting.
I just can’t get away from the numbers. But, I know that not everyone gets them and/or cares about them.
But, for those of use who NEED them – I will be simultaneously sharing the numbers story behind The Great Purge.
Starting with the big picture, I track expenses on a software program. All debit and credit card purchases are categorized into spending areas. So, if I bought a coffee or a beer with cash – there is no record. But, I hardly carry cash because I like to know where my money goes.
I divide food expenses into two categories in our household: Dining Out and Groceries. Groceries includes all alcohol purchases from a store or growler fills (more on that in a later post). It doesn’t include household items like cleaning supplies, personal hygiene and toilet paper. Dining out is purely what it says.
Here are the numbers from the highest level over the past two years:
2011 – Total Food $14,579.13 for the year; $4,110.28 in dining out and $10,468.85 in groceries
2012 – Total Food $14,660.23 for the year; $4,457.07 in dining out and $10,203.16 in groceries
We’ll break those numbers down further in future posts.
Right now, two questions: 1) do you know what you spend and 2) should you care.