So I'm start school in January 09. I've been approved for the full amount of the stafford loan, so now I am just trying to figure out how much to ask for from the gradPLUS loans.

Has anyone else felt like its IMPOSSIBLE to try to estimate your expenses for a YEAR?! I'm having a really hard time!

So far these are the monthly expenses that I can think of to add in:

rent, utilities, cell, car insurance, food, misc/toiletries.

I cant think of any other ones! My credit cards will be paid off and my car is paid off, so that wont be included. I have NO idea how much I'll spend on food in a month!

Does anyone have any tips of how they went about this? Or the numbers they used for food and misc.?