According to the results of my little game, I would NOT survive on my emergency budget.
Here’s the breakdown, with all major categories:
- Fixed Costs (rent, student loan, car insurance): $1,001.22
- Food (mostly dining out): $172.91
- Gas & Parking: $136.81
- Car Repair: $359.52
- Health & Personal Care (prescription, haircut, etc.): $106.01
- Misc. (library fine, holiday cards): $14.19
- Donation: $25.00
Keeping track of all my spending was surprisingly easy (I have a confession: while I was an avid PearBudget-er in the beginning of the year, I have fallen off the wagon sometime in May, and have gone on blissfully unaware of the details of my purchases since then).
Now I’m making it one of my 2009 goals to keep a better record of my spending.