April 24, 2013 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #609141
Until now, I used a paper ledger to keep track of finances. It’s a little booklet where you write deposits, withdrawals, and helps keep track of your checks. It is time for something a little more sophisticated.
Is there a downloadable program that I can also keep a backup on the internet for? I’d rather not do everything on the internet, that doesn’t seem safe.
It would be really nice if the program also calculated Maaser automatically.
Editing, again: Finances and money in general is not my strong point, so it needs to be something easy to use without understanding it very well, but that could sort of grow with me as I learn more.April 24, 2013 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #948202sw33tMember
idk abt a program but i can def easily create an excel spreadsheetApril 24, 2013 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #948203sw33tMember
i meant u can**April 24, 2013 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #948204Yserbius123Participant
Spreadsheets are greats tool for that, try Excel, OpenOffice or LibreOffice. But you need to learn how to do it. If you don’t think that you have the patience to learn spreadsheets, try GNUCash, a personal finance management software.
no linksApril 24, 2013 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #948205
sw33t: good idea. Anyone uses OpenOffice’s version of Excel?
yserbius: Thanks for the ref.April 24, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm #948206squeakParticipant
use google docsApril 25, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am #948207ED IT ORParticipant
Microsoft Excel is the absolute king for this.
It is so customization you can do anything and everything.
I would advise buying excel for dummies or to do a course just to get to know what and how it can do everything.
(not that i did a course!!!! i just spent hours playing around)
For backup i would Recommend saving it with a password (on the drop down on save as menu) and uploading it to drop-box or Google drive or the likes, if you are nervous about online backup you can put it on a secure pen-drive…
TIP OF THE DAY: BEFORE EDITING A SPREADSHEET MAJORLY SAVE AS….April 25, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm #948208☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
There’s a free app called Maaser Manager.April 25, 2013 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm #948209Yserbius123Participant
Torah613Torah: I use LibreOffice Calc as my primary spreadsheet at home. There are tons of tutorials online. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly simple to learn. Google Docs is another great option as it saves all your data online so you always have it backed up and can access it wherever you have internets.
crazybrit: The reason I reccomend OpenOffice and LibreOffice over Excel is that they are free while Excel costs a lot of money. For these purposes, they do everything you need and more.April 25, 2013 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm #948210
Thank you Yserbius. I have OpenOffice so that makes the most sense.April 25, 2013 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #948211hahahahaMember
I have an excel sheet- such as the one you seem to be looking for- tracks the ongoing balance, checks that cleared, deposits and withdrawals. It’s a simple program to copy- if you would like, I can tell you exactly what to do- step by step style.
And you can always build on what you know- It works great for me and for many other people that I know.April 25, 2013 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm #948212JustARegularJewParticipant
mint*dot*com is essentially a web-based version of Quicken and, while not particularly customizeable, it automatically pulls your data from your bank accounts, credit cards, etc, and allows you to edit the information, budget, set reminders for bills, etc. I find it easy and very helpful.
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