So, kind of a random question…
We don’t really “budget” per se (we basically do an anti-budget) but we do track all of our expenses and stuff in Personal Capital. I like going back and seeing how much we spent on restaurants, utilities, etc.
My question is specifically when it comes to expenses while on vacation, and how you categorize them? I’m thinking about things like eating at a restaurant.
Part of me says to just categorize this as restaurants (what they actually are) because it’s the most accurate.
But then I think - when I look back at this in a year, I don’t want to really think that I ate out THAT much just regularly. So then I think…should I categorize it as Travel? That’d give me a better idea of how much it costs to maintain the same(ish) level of travel which I could see as being useful.
But it also skews data in other ways.
And then I was thinking…what if I make another ‘Travel - Restaurants’ category or something to narrow it down even further? But that seems like an administrative nightmare particularly since I don’t further break down other travel expenses…
So I guess what I’m asking is: when you have expenses when you travel, do you categorize them for what they ACTUALLY are, or do you put them in a different category type?