Whoa, you calculated every expense for a year, down to soap??? Where do you find the time?!? (No, seriously. I'm not saying I couldn't find more time, but since each member of my family uses a different soap/shampoo for various reasons, it'd be insane to try, not to mention everything else! I couldn't even tell you what we spent on Christmas, other than to say we didn't go into debt, and used only "regular" funds, nothing out of savings or anything, which means it couldn't be *that* much, definitely less than years prior, and w/ more kids too!)
p.s. - I agree w/ Seasons on the house spending, but also, from the medical aspect, I know I can claim loads of medical stuff (on my taxes) for my eldest that I don't send off to his father for the 50/50 reimbursement (not sure if it'd be eligible stuff, but either way, seems ridiculous to nickel and dime over anything that cheap, I think I've paid the last few rx and dental stuffs out of pocket anyway)... new humidifier, for one, but also countless bottles of meds he used over the winter. He won't use much in the way of my herbal stuff, but I had to buy tylenol, motrin, pepto bismol, mucinex, etc, plus Vit C, Zinc, multi-vitamins, and a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil to scent the humidifier for him. I don't want to add it all up, it'd be crazy! Now, I'm going to step away before I get flamed for admitting to the use of all those meds this Winter, but I will add that we had it bad for about 2 months, with one sickness after another, it was crazy. Those reciepts I do have!