Now, I can’t get my pie chart to convert into a jpeg — but this morning as I was balancing my checkbook (and yes, I do get up early every Saturday AM to balance my checkbook in peace before the fam kills me) I got to see a pie chart of all of our expenses… it was definately an eye-opener. I’m gonna give you the percents we spend on our top 10 items (for this year to date):
- Mortgage (shocking) 43.81% (gasp all you want — but it’s just part of living here)
- Tithing 10.81% (we pay 10% of our increase to the church, but this also includes money we give the church for humanitarian efforts, etc)
- Drew 9.08% (trombone — yes the trombone has taken almost as much money as tithing this year)
- Household expenses 6.48% (this is basically the costco trips plus house repairs/etc. — I must admit this is a bit of a dump category)
- Auto 5.82% (gas, insurance etc. — somehow this doesn’t include our car payment — or it’d be bigger)
- Utilities 4.40% (doesn’t include cell phone bills — but it is cable, heat, water — etc.)
- Groceries 3.51% (O.M.G — this was a HUGE shocker to me)
- Trip 3.28% (again, just a little less than my grocery cost — and this year had a LOT of trips — and was very fun)
- Going Out 1.8% (my vice — love the food this area has to offer)
- Clothing 1.24% (did anyone see my cute new 10$ jacket from Kohls).
Anyway — this was a big eye opener. I’m not sure how exact it all is — but I think it’s pretty close. I think it’s something you all should take a gander at — I hadn’t really ever taken a look at the pretty pie chart Quicken has to offer._______________________________________________________________________
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