takayla can lie, whereas I cannot.
I have run all our finances with the help of Excel spreadsheets since I took over, which has been a positive boon most of the time, but it still an incredible chore because, yes, I am one of those people who balance statements every month. Some of my friends who are more casual with their financial balances know full well that I tend to be annoying three months later when I ask them if they are every going to get around to depositing that $15 check I wrote them. I apologize for my anal-retentiveness in these matters, but it confounds me why someone may take 9 months to deposit a $150 check, and then the bank still takes it. Thank goodness I still have the money set aside.
How much did we pay for food in 1998? $6,419.06, which was 14.66% of total expenditures, second only to rent at 22.8%. There's an additional $536 in pizzas, along with $196 in Chinese delivery. I have checkbook carbons that date that far back, too, although I should really shred anything before 2000 at this point for security (if they are still legible).
But I am still really bad with money stress. Today I got a letter from the IRS stating I owe them $5000 + $2300 in late fees from my 2005 taxes, more than I paid in food, pizza, and Chinese in 1998. I can't see how this is possible, but we did them with H&R Block and paid a $60 "if you get audited, and we goofed, we pay!" insurance.
I will let you know how that goes.