Did you ask me for my budget file? Did you ask me for my 2011 American trip expenses? Oh, you did. And here it goes with some comments and annotations.
The file itself exposes no real information on my possesses. Initial numbers in the first lines have been written there to fit “zeros” in the end on almost all accounts; i.e. these are fake amounts. Also, some lines were intentionally removed for my own and others’ privacy.
The only real number here is the sum of expenses for the whole trip. It is US$10190 for Feb’11 — Sep’11 (7-month) trip, including rent, everyday expenses, and even my new assets such as Macbook Air, Kindle, etc.
Well, more or less US$10190. September 2011 logs are not complete, some pre-departure expenses are missed, and I don’t want to fulfill them now. So the real expenses were US$10200-10500 approximately.
Anyway, this file contains a lot of formulas and features, it is almost a standalone home finance software. It provides:
- Flat log of transactions, easy to fulfill;
- Transactions in multiple currencies at the same time (USD, CAD, RUR in the sample);
- Normalization to a single currency for overall estimations (usually USD);
- Subtotals per category per month;
- Visual graph for your savings per day;
- Current balance for each account (for today and for two specific dates);
- Personal debt accounts (both ways);