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Sunday, March 6

My Frugal Miser - February Expenses: $5,237

I am satisfied with my February spending.  Interest expense was reduced to almost zero as I paid off the AMEX.  True, auto depreciation was over $1,100, but was due to all the driving I did for Uber and for hospitality work.  The big one was in the vacation category:  I booked two cruises on a casino offer, including one sailing from Barcelona.  I also paid for our flights to Europe.  The category also includes spending on a flight to New York for the Biglari Holdings meeting (not exactly a vacation, but where else to put it?), a quick three day trip we took to Vegas, and the $85 application fee for TSA Pre-Check.

February Expenses:  $5,237

$1,241 Auto ($92 gas, $0 repairs/maintenance, $1,149 depreciation)
$1 Bank Fees
$0 Clothing
$0 Computer
$212 Entertainment (movies, gambling, alcohol)
$153 Food
$0 Gifts Given
$89 Household/Housing/Home Repair
$52 Health and Dental Insurance
$0 Investment Expense
$15 Interest Expense
$0 Medical/Dental
$0 Miscellaneous
$9 Personal Care
$0 Subscriptions
$0 Taxes
$91 Uber/Lyft Expenses (excluding fuel and depreciation)
$51 Utilities
$3,323 Vacation


  1. What do you use to track your expenses

    1. Quicken for now, but I'd like to move to a cloud-based solution. I've tried Mint but it isn't robust enough for me.