Budget Stuff

During the first six months of my marriage, it was my job to pay the bills and balance our checking account on Quicken. Everything was going just fine until the day my wife uncovered a bunch of entries marked "stuff." This was a creative accounting technique I had developed in bachelorhood. It's a technique I think the Enron accountants also used.

This is how it worked. If I came across a discrepancy of less than $150 while balancing my checkbook, I would simply add a Quicken entry for that amount and name it "stuff." Voil?? 1/2 , my checkbook was balanced. It didn't take long for my wife to fire me as the family's budget manager. Although I never admitted it to my wife, I was glad to be demoted.

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