Because I make lists and appreciate charts, especially when generated by something other than myself.

Finally catching up. Reports by category show I spent $235 on gas in May and, so far, $278 in June. That’s an almost 18 percent increase!

Savings, in a shocking coincidence, dropped by 72 percent.

Yes, I may be broke. But now I know exactly how I arrived at zero! 

Why do lists always inspire optimism, even when the subject is otherwise depressing?

A quarter of my income goes to groceries and gas. Another nine percent falls under utilities. Because I have an auto transfer from checking to savings, on paper, five percent of my income goes to savings. I wish! But what the pie chart doesn’t show is that eventually it all comes right back out…

I wonder if I will ever know the feeling of not living paycheck-to-paycheck.