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Figure 1–1. Sample family budget expenses
you could, once you’ve powered up that spreadsheet imagination, tweak the data to look like Figure 1–2:
Figure 1–2. Those same figures, broken out by expense category as well as month
He r e the e xpe n se s ar e i n de e d total e d by cate g or y , an d cr oss- tabul ate d by mon th as we l l . An d as
new expenses are incurred and recorded on the spreadsheet, all the new numbers recalculate
immediately and update the category and monthly totals. And you’ll agree that knowing how much
money you spent on food in July illuminates your budgetary picture more sharply than a simple,
bottom-line total of all your costs.
 
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