Benjamin2011-01-26
Boring Financial Stuff... With graphs!


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So here it is again, two days until payday and $76 in the bank. That\'s in red \'cause it\'s negative, see? Once again I\'m overdrawn and not sure why. So I spent two hours painstakingly comparing my daily expenditures journal to my online bank balance history. End result? Hell if I know--I guess I missed entering ten or twenty bucks, and the CTA automatically took $20 out for bus fare, which I hadn\'t counted on. That plus $25 overdraft fees turned out to be enough.

Anyway, now I finally have clear, accurate date for January\'s expenditures, which means that at the very least I get to make pretty pie charts with them! In these charts the category \"Restaurants\" includes most food purchases that I could, in theory, have avoided--like buying a sandwich at the grocery store instead of making one at home. \"Groceries\", on the other hand, also includes morning coffee. \"Billz\" includes $140 for household groceries, as well as rent, and (in this case) a doctor\'s fee for eye exams. Finally, \"Savings\" is mostly me saving up for this awesome skirt that I bought but, I guess, couldn\'t really afford this month.


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