| Tuesday, February 10, 2004 - 01:04 am |
The budget index is an estimator of how closely you predict your actual spending for the year. If you set the budget at 50 B for education and you use 50 B for education, you will have a higher index than if you use 40 B or 60 B for education. The Budget index supposedly has an effect on the overall score. Unless you plan to devote all your time trying to squeeze out every possible point, I would recommend you ignore the budget. Let the automation take care of it--it does a better job than I would, given the time I'm willing to spend on it. Besides, I'm too much of an impulse buyer to plan my spending a rl week in advance.