Include all variable expenses now, car maintenance, electricity, heating, these can vary throughout the year you need to calculate them and come up with an average monthly amount. None essential expenses like eating out coffee at Starbucks, weekend getaways, extravagant vacations, fancy clothing, motorcycles, ATV's, if you use them, write them down, realize these are wants, not needs. Now total these all up, fixed expenses, variable expenses, and non_essential expenses,there you now have your total expenses.
Your Next Step _ Any time of the year is a great time to take inventory of your current financial position. Check out Virtual Envelope resources including our Personal Finance book and corresponding Budgeting Worksheets and put Virtual Envelopes to work for you. At our blog, you'll find a whole host of articles that will help you get started. If you need one_on_one coaching, we can help you with that too with our personalized Budgeting Coach. It will be well worth the investment of your time.