Budgeting 101: Start your own budget
Wondering whether you're spending more on Q-Tips than the neighbors?
We give you a sneak peek into the neighbors' checkbooks with our "Budgeting 101" worksheet. Compiled with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our worksheet will tell you how much you're spending relative to people in the same income bracket.
To compare your expenses to the national average, enter your annual gross salary, weekly pay (minus federal, state and local taxes) and your monthly expenses. Then hit the "Submit" button to see where you fit in with the rest of America.
Click on the question marks for an explanation of each category.