OK now, I get $6,000 (OK, 5,920). Or more if the dollar goes down relative to the pound!
I am excluding healthcare, pet costs, health and life insurance, loan payments, relocation expenses, and expenses directly related to and necessary for work. If there is anything else I should exclude, remind me. I need all the wiggle room I can get.
Things that are included: utilities, books, food. Clothes. Furniture and stuff. Cars and car insurance. Videos and computer games. Cleaning supplies.
$6,000 is $500 a month (I am clever with math). Given that my electric bill is $300 a month and I have no idea why, this is going to be tricky. I like to eat at restaurants but have been trying to control myself. I have reduced my car insurance (well, increased it from no car insurance because it is not legal to have no car insurance), am working on phone costs (mostly between me and my sister, and I will not not call), and if I can do anything about the electric I will. The meter was tested and turned out ok.
Like it says at the beginning of the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland 'Hold on everybody, here we gooooo!'