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Subject: Record What You Spend Daily?
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 11:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2007
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I did this for a week, and was I surprised! A coffee here, a juice there, a lunch out, and then, my trip to Walgreens.... it all adds up. What surprised me the most was the fact that I bought snacks from the corner store, then realizing that I had the same products at home! I could have put my home snacks in baggies and carried it all to work.

Last Edited on: 3/5/09 11:41 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 10:55 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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My husband and I did this for a couple of weeks in order to get a weekly budget going.  It is amazing how much $$ you blow on silly things!  Now we get out a set amount of cash weekly and try to only use the cash, has helped us tremendously!

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 4:35 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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Hubby and I are doing this in March.  It also deters us from spending on silly things because we don't want to write it down!

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 12:13 AM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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It's a simple but good idea, similar to keeping a food diary when trying to lose weight.  I think I'll start one tomorrow and discover where the money actually goes.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 1:28 AM ET
Member Since: 6/17/2007
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We've been doing it for years...

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 10:45 PM ET
Member Since: 6/11/2006
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i think ill try it.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2007
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I've been doing this for a couple years. I have a spreadsheet--columns for the budget categories, rows for the days of the month. I'm with Kristen--sometimes I don't buy things because I don't want to have to write them down!