As Jeff just told me. This is the intro to "Hood Rich, 101" I have found that with real money comes real bills. Since I was so poor in college I've done a really bad job at saving money. If I see it I will buy it now, its a very bad habit. And I try to fly home once a month to see the girlfriend and that is killing me. And this month is her birthday so I'm going down to surprise her. So I've started tracking my money and by far my biggest expense if food. So, as you guys know I'm a gamer...I'm a huge nerd. So I'm turning this into a game. Games have a win scenerio, way to keep track of progress, and a elements of numerical value(for the most part anyway). So I've broken my daily costs, starting with food, down into "stats" based on usage. The end of the month left over money is my score, each month I will try to beat it. I will do this until I'm out of short term debt(pay off family and a best buy card). So this is my food break down for the next 2 weeks, I've got a nifty excel sheet that does this for me now. I'm going to keep filling it in and updating as I get new information or find out how much I eat, as opposed to the "serving size" is. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich costs .22 cents Glass of water(purified) costs .7 cents Ham and Cheese Sandwich with mayo and mustard is .61 cents Cereal(with milk) is .29 cents Meat and Noodles(tuna in this case) is 1.20(by far the most expensive). Bowl of noodles is .86 cents Soup is .87 cents. Serving of chicken rice is .41 cents. So all in all, I've got enough food for 15 days(approximately) and I spent $35. So $2.5 a day isn't to bad at all. This is fun in a perverse "I don't get to eat anything really good" sort of way. Tomorrow I'm going to start breaking down my driving habits and gas mileage. I will look on google maps after creating a list of common places I go and start grouping them by area to hit as many things as possible per trip out.