I’ve been doing a lot of analysis of my spending. For example, from 10/14/2009-11/14/2009 I spent $3,719, whereas from 10/14/2008-11/14/2008 I spent $4,680. Over a year, that’s saving almost $12,000! From the looks of it, in that month in 2008, I spent $700 in clothing and ate out a lot. That’s paying the same rent of about $2,400/mo.
In the last two and a half years (basically all the financial data I have available), I spent around $145,000, which works out to $58,000 a year on average. That’s not bad considering what big firm attorneys are paid, but it’s too much if you’re not making any money. For the last year, I spent $54,000. (I only made a concerted effort to reduce spending in the last month or two.) Even $54,000 works out to $4,500 a month, so the $3,719 I spent last month was well below the average. Getting rent to $600/month will really save me. (That $54,000 drops to $32,400.)