Finances

What do you (or your family) use to track your finances?  Excel, Quicken, Microsoft Money or what?

14 Comments

  1. Anita

    February 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Nothing. We’re SO BAD. I used Quicken for a while, but didn’t download from the bank for like 6 months so it was kinda pointless.

  2. Robin

    February 3, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Yeah same with Microsoft Money and then I tried recently and I can’t login :banghead:

  3. DeniseTN

    February 3, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Nothing except my brain. I don’t see why everyone relies on a computer program to manage their money.

  4. Robin

    February 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I have trouble keeping track of it but it’s a lot of stuff. I just have too much on my brain I think. I also would like to organize so I can see what we’re spending our money on and stuff.

  5. Leanne

    February 3, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    I plan out our budget in excel. The formulas are nice and I have a form set up for who I owe, the beginning balance, how much to pay and ending balance. Then at the bottom I put in how much our income is and have it set to calculate the remaining balance. That way I can fidgit with the numbers until we have a reasonable amount left to live on until the next payday.

    I balance the checkbook in Money. I am right brained so I have to write everything down and enlist the assistance of calculators and computers. Things would be a mess at my house without ’em. :unsure:

  6. Robin

    February 3, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Leanne – I’ve tried to setup an excel spreadsheet but I think our finances are too complicated for it. I do need to keep track of things better though….I used to at least keep track of bills.

  7. star

    February 3, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Robin:
    We use the standard checkbook register. When I worked at an architecture firm they used quickbooks and it was super nice. Go to Microsoft Templates Homepage and search for budget. There’s an excel spreadsheet called Personal Monthly budget or something and it’s all done for you and all you have to do is input your numbers from your last bank statement and add categories as needed and you’ll be able to see the big picture and the small ones too.
    I like it; I’ve used it a lot when I needed to “plead a case” for some extra spending I needed to do .. or if I needed some new shoes that cost too much.. hhehehehe

  8. Mr. Fabulous

    February 3, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Our money is all tied up in lottery tickets. We each have our own pile…

  9. Gary

    February 3, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I just look at my bank statement from the precious month to see how I did. That seems like enough to me.

  10. TJ

    February 3, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I utilize Quicken. Its great because the wife doesn’t have a clue how to use it, so I am in control of the finances.

    MINE!! IT’S ALL MIIIIINNNEE!!!!! 👿 👿 👿

  11. Jen

    February 3, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I just use an Excel spreadsheet. I tried using MS Money once but really it was too much for what I need it for. I don’t need to download my bank transactions since I can see them online already.

  12. Blueyes

    February 4, 2007 at 2:41 am

    Hell, I’m just lucky if I can balance the checkbook lol I usually check the account online every couple days to see how much is in there.

  13. Krayzee Chickadee

    February 4, 2007 at 8:25 am

    MS Money here (it came w/ the computer). Mostly for keeping track of the checkbook. I don’t use any of the automatic features……just reconcile manually myself …. daily…. I’m a bit obsessive about that, but mainly because one time there was a charge that neither hubby or I did. Fortunately it was less than $10, but it could have been worse.

  14. Heather B

    February 4, 2007 at 11:20 am

    My Brain, but then again I dont’ have enough to really manage lol

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