Since this is the first month I've ever done a budget, I've been doing a little more tinkering than normal. I began the month by estimating how much money I spent on gas, and other bills that aren't always fixed. So, I've been adding and subtracting here and there, but I think it's nearly perfect.
The trend graphs have been both nauseating and wonderful… seeing the $1300 dollars I'd spend per month on eating out was enough to make me change my ways! Sickening. My graph for this month is much more frugal… my biggest outlay has been for my car, then food, then bills, etc. Every slice of the pie is a necessary expense, and that's a huge deal for me. My only luxury? I pay to have somebody clean my apartment twice a month. Yes, I'm capable of cleaning it myself, but that doesn't mean I will. It's totally worth it to hire out and I make no apologies for it.