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Track Your Spending with Excel

Track Your Spending with Excel

Published: December 13, 2018

Do you get caught up in the excitement of Christmas shopping – only to find yourself overextended in the new year? It’s understandable to want to treat your loved ones exceptionally well during the holidays, but when the credit card bills start coming in, the joy can wear off quickly.

Although it takes some forethought, keeping track of your spending will give you a much better sense of your account balance during your shopping sprees. And when you’re more conscious of the money that goes out, you’re spurred to creatively find a way to purchase all of your intended gifts without mindlessly splurging just to get everything marked off of your list.

One of the most familiar ways to tackle this important task is through Microsoft Excel. You can drill down into the spreadsheet program as broadly or as specifically as you need to, and since Excel creates a comprehensive overview of your holiday spending, you don’t have to wonder if you’ve shelled out way too much, or if everyone is getting gifts of similar amounts, or whether you’ve remembered to shop for everyone you needed to. With Excel, everything is right there in black and white.

If you’d like some helpful tips about how to make Excel work for you, this timely class will introduce you to the basics of creating a budget you can really stick to. With a little effort before the fact, you’ll ensure that your Christmas joy continues well after the wrapping paper has been wadded up and discarded!

The workshop meets at 11 am on Wednesday, December 19 at the Southwest Library Branch in Mountain View.