Previously I ran my business by the seat of my pants (mostly). This season I sat down to budget. I opened up Excel and started putting in my expenses, parts, supplies, etc. I must say the end result was a little bit of a shock. I expect the older/experienced LCO's on here have a budget, how many of the guys with less than 3 years experience have never really written one out? Things I plan to do different this year: *Every maintenance item will be purchased by 03/15/06 (typical season kick-off is 4/1). I used to only purchase supplies on an as-needed basis, however this costs more when you buy less at once, plus increases truck + down time. *All oil/filters/plugs/grease will be purchased in bulk. The oil will be purchased in 1gallon/5gallon jugs. Again, unnecessary increased costs because I didn't plan in advance. *Blades: again, purchasing pre-season to avoid unecessary $. I'm a small setup, 12 blades will be plenty for me, and just enough to qualify for some $avings. *2-stroke oil: buying in 5gal mixers saves big $ + time. I also budgeted diesel fuel@ $2.759, equipment fuel@$2.499. I really hope diesel takes a big dive, as its the second largest item on the budget right now based on my 20K miles I drive. What else can I do to save some cash? What other planning can save me time in the long run?