More than a year ago, Junkii started collecting data on everything that we spend. Kudos to him; it's been a good system for tracking how well we're doing with our budget. But part of the process involves saving ALL our receipts – grocery receipts, restaurant receipts, housewares receipts, you name it – and inputting that info into a big spreadsheet so we can check our spending trends.
It was boring work, but it was working well until March. Partway through March he got busy, and we went to Arizona, and he got sidetracked from inputting the data. And the receipts just continued to pile up.
So this weekend, while he beavered away on his schoolwork, I put the receipts in order – three months of receipts. what fun! – and last night we sat together and input the data into the spreadsheet.
Talk about a lively Sunday evening. We were gonna rent the last James Bond movie, but decided this would be more productive.
I have news: "Productive" sucks. But the job is done and we're all up to date. Now I just need to see if there's enough money left over to buy one of those fancy accountant hat/visor thing-a-ma-jigs.