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    Default What Category Would You Put These in Your Budget?

    I'm trying to track every cent we spend, and this is where/when I start to get confused.

    What category would you put 'insect repellent' and 'dish soap' in? What about shampoo, soap, and other health products?

    I'm sure I'll be back with more questions, but I'll start with this.

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    We'd put it in "Household"

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    I have a grooming category ( shampoo, bug spray)and a household cleaning/paper category (dish soap). However for budgeting in the big picture these are in my grocery $$ category as sub categories.

    I have a category for vitamins/meds as a sub category under medical.

    With most programs can't you set up as many categories as you'd like?

    Hope that helps

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    Household for the bug stuff, personal care for the soap etc.

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    What category would you put 'insect repellent' IF it is to put on you then I would put in the my Health and beauty- HBA If it is repellent to prevent them from coming in the house the I would put it in household consumables
    and 'dish soap' inI put that in household consumables? What about shampoo, soap, and other health products?I put those in my health and beauty category

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    We keep it simple at our home ... if it can be bought at our grocery store then it goes into the grocery budget.

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    I'd lump the bug repellent in the same category as the sun block and aloe gel - as in: Health & Beauty.

    If its RAID to kill bugs etc then thats under household b/c you'd be maintaining your home.

    Dishsoap would go with the household cleaners (Mr Clean, Windex & laundry detergent and TP) - grocery/general household.

    Just my two cents

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    Wow my budget just isn't that detailed. But then that may be where I am going wrong.

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    I had HBA and household cleaning as a sub category of groceries. But I rarely itemize to that detail anymore, so they just get classified as Grocery now.

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    All of that kind of stuff gets lumped together in my grocery budget to keep it simple.

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    just grocery,

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    put it in the envelope marked miscellaneous

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnK View Post
    Wow my budget just isn't that detailed. But then that may be where I am going wrong.
    Wanna post it? We can look at it.

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    Thanks for all your help, guys!

    ANOTHER QUESTION!!!
    DH gets gift $ at Christmas, for his birthday or whenever, hands it all over to me to put on our c/c at the time, then tracks what he spends in our computer so he can buy things he wants when he wants on sale or whatever. When he buys stuff (like he did a few days ago), do I track it in the budget sheet for this month or don't I? It was gift money he got months ago that got put on c/c then when we got the money which he is spending now. How do I do this?! BTW, part of the money was from Christmas gifts from my/his parents and part of the money was 'from me'. (Me is basically us because our money is joined.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    Thanks for all your help, guys!

    ANOTHER QUESTION!!!
    DH gets gift $ at Christmas, for his birthday or whenever, hands it all over to me to put on our c/c at the time, then tracks what he spends in our computer so he can buy things he wants when he wants on sale or whatever. When he buys stuff (like he did a few days ago), do I track it in the budget sheet for this month or don't I? It was gift money he got months ago that got put on c/c then when we got the money which he is spending now. How do I do this?! BTW, part of the money was from Christmas gifts from my/his parents and part of the money was 'from me'. (Me is basically us because our money is joined.)
    You hand him an envelope with the cash in it and say, "THIS IS FOR YOUR COM-PU-TER-GAMES - DONT USE THE CC FOR THEM ANYMORE!"

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