This is a fun financial management exercise I thought of it the other day in the good ol 9-5 job. What if everything you bought, saved, or spent was tracked by you and broken down by the hours you worked.
The exercise is done to show you how to gauge if what your spending is worth it on a per hour per paycheck basis. Every financial payment should be calculated by dividing the monthly sum by 160 hours because most employees are paid biweekly, and expenses are paid monthly.
Obviously doing it this way will yield you the results on how each expense or savings transaction ends up divided by the 160 hours. If you make 50 per hour net and your total expenses add up to 40 per hour, then you have effectively learned how to maintain a surplus of 10 dollars. See below for the example of sometimes spendthrift and sometimes frugal Joe Blow who has debt and makes about 55K per year.