This commit does not belong to any branch on this repository, and may belong to a fork outside of the repository.
A tag already exists with the provided branch name. Many Git commands accept both tag and branch names, so creating this branch may cause unexpected behavior. Are you sure you want to create this branch?
Failed to load latest commit information.
For someone who studied accounting, I've never really paid a huge amount of attention to where my money goes when I stop looking. Generally speaking, as long as I've got somewhere to live and a steady supply of cheese and wine I'm not too worried. So it's funny that I suddenly decided that it would be a good idea to track my expenses, but there you have it. I thought I'd write a little Clojure program that would let me enter my recurring and one-off expenses (in a format reminiscent of Emacs's ~/.diary file) and have it tell me where all my money got to each week. To compile it: 1. Get Leiningen from http://github.com/technomancy/leiningen and put the 'lein' script somewhere in your $PATH. 2. Run `lein uberjar'. Lein will grab all required dependencies and produce a `expenses.jar'. To use it, I create a file called ~/.expenses that looks roughly like this: ## Recurring stuff... # # This is the default anyway, but you can set the reported week to # start whenever you like. #set week_start Sunday # Amounts we receive are entered as negative numbers... fortnightly -10000 Fortnightly pay (I wish) weekly 345.5 Rent (also optimistic) monthly 123 Internet+phone # Recurring items can have ranges attached to let you reflect changes # in amounts over time, etc. [--1/3/2009] monthly 123 Health cover [1/3/2009--] monthly 234 Health cover (the bastards!) fortnightly 50 Petrol yearly 2345 Gas & Electricity yearly 700 Car registration # etc... # One-off expenditures # 25/02/2009 11.00 Coffee 25/02/2009 9.50 Lunch (some extra (ignored) notes here) 25/02/2009 25.00 Wine 26/02/2009 25.00 Wine 27/02/2009 25.00 Wine # ... more wine... Then I point the expenses program at this file to see the report over time: $ java -jar expenses.jar ~/.expenses ====================================================== Week starting: Sun Feb 22 00:00:00 EST 2009 ====================================================== Recurring items: 22/02/2009 Fortnightly pay (I wish) 5000.00 22/02/2009 Rent (also optimistic) ( 345.50) 22/02/2009 Internet+phone ( 30.75) 22/02/2009 Health cover ( 30.75) 22/02/2009 Petrol ( 25.00) 22/02/2009 Gas & Electricity ( 45.10) 22/02/2009 Car registration ( 13.46) Subtotal: 4509.44 Line items: 25/02/2009 Coffee ( 11.00) 25/02/2009 Lunch ( 9.50) 25/02/2009 Wine ( 25.00) 26/02/2009 Wine ( 25.00) 27/02/2009 Wine ( 25.00) Subtotal: ( 95.50) ========================= Total saved: 4413.94 ========================= Hooray! I'm fictitiously rich! And that's basically all it does: it apportions recurring expenses over each week so you can get a more realistic idea of what they cost you week-to-week, and makes it easy to record one-off items too. For recording those one-offs I use a snippet of Emacs lisp which I bind to a key: (defun spend () (interactive) (let ((now (time-stamp-dd/mm/yyyy)) (amount (read-number "Amount: ")) (description (read-string "Description?: "))) (with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "~/.expenses") (goto-char (point-max)) (insert (format "%s\t%.2f\t%s\n" now amount description)) (save-buffer) (kill-buffer))))