I stole this tittle from David Caine’s fine blog at http://www.raptitude.com/2012/12/how-much-does-it-cost-to-be-you/ which I read regularly but had fallen behind during crazy time. The husband and I do a new year’s ritual (he loves it I hate it) of budget tweaking to see where we can save, stick it to the man, live simpler, & do more of what we want. If you keep records of previous tweakings (he does because he is a paper hoarding dork) you will notice changes and also some stubborn ruts. Example,our restaurant consumption has decreased dramatically, but our wine buying stays stubbornly high. My dork also bought the new version of Quicken where you can scan all your receipts and it shows you your buying behavior in a pie chart as often as you wish. He said that if I was going to be a dork about my exercise/food intake/sleep pattern with my wrist band he could be a dork with Quicken. Fair is fair. What can be measured can be changed said some philistine somewhere. Keeping track of what you consume/purchase can be very revealing when you want to redefine or refine who you are or want to be.