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Shared groceries expenses between roommates to be divided as per specific consumption ratio and attendance

My apologies if this question is in the wrong section. Couple of my roommates & I (total 5 people) share the groceries expenses. We record the purchases in an Excel sheet, and also have the ratio ...
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In double entry accounting, as an employee, how do I enter expenses?

I'm new to accounting and just started using GnuCash for my personal finances. Question As an employee (not a company), how would you enter the following transaction into GnuCash? Situation I ...
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What is the value in using the “split transaction” feature present in some personal finance management tools?

Why is the ability to have a split transaction (e.g. one transaction, but categorized into two or more parts) beneficial to personal finance management software? What are the most typical use-cases ...
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In what category would I put a loan I took to pay an expense

If I have to pay my phone contract which is 1000 and I took a loan of 2000 with interest of 300 to pay that phone contract, in what category would you put the loan - an expense, an income or both ? ...
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Track expense memos and payees in GnuCash?

I'm using GnuCash to track a simple budget, importing QIF files. Most entries in the QIF file have both a payee and a memo, however GnuCash seems to ignore the memo if the payee is specified. This ...
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Good expense tracking and budgeting application for India

Could anyone recommend a good software application that I can use to keep track of my budget and expenses. Essentially at the end of every month, I find myself flabbergasted. Where did my money go? ...
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What is the role of expense tracking in the long term?

Exactly as the title says: what is the role of expense tracking in the long term? I can understand expense tracking being very beneficial in the short term if you've recently changed your lifestyle ...
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How to quickly track daily cash expenses that don't come with a receipt?

I'm an Italian student, and I'm trying to keep track of all my daily expenses, as well as my income. My biggest problem is logistical: I've no problem analyzing my expenses once I collect the data, ...
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How can I show more detail in GnuCash Reports?

I recently started using GnuCash as a tool for tracking my expenses. It has lovely built in reports on expense, but it seems to limit the categories/accounts displayed to a fairly low number (I think ...
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How to use Mint.com outside US/Canada?

Is it possible to use the mint.com service outside US/Canada? If not (most probably), which similar services also work outside US/Canada? I'm currently using TheBirdy, but it doesn't directly data ...
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Mint counting an IRA contribution as a pure expense

I recently made an IRA contribution for this year. I use Mint for financial tracking and it seems strange that it counts the $5K contribution as a simple expense, despite it also being able to see my ...
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Can I label my checking accounts? Trying the envelope system with debit cards

I want to use an envelope system and categorize my expenses. So lets say I have 3 checking accounts for: Grocery Restaurant GAS ... each will have its own debit card. I can write a label name ...
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Any good free personal financial 'planning/planner/projection' services?

I would like to get my finances in check and the first stage of doing so is keeping track of when money comes in or goes out. I could write all this down on a calendar but this is the 21st century... ...
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How to record expense sheet as journal entries in Quickbooks Online?

Let's say I own a business and I make 3 business-related purchases on my personal credit card in August. Given the following example expense report: 08/01/2011 - $20 - Web Hosting 08/05/2011 - $130 ...
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Organizing Expenses/Income/Personal Finance Documents (Paperless Office)

I've been trying to organize my personal finances for awhile by moving to a "Paperless Office" (PO from here on out), but I haven't been able to reach anything that satisfies my need for intuitive ...
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What is a good way to keep track of your credit card transactions, to reduce likelihood of fraud?

I hear of scams where people take your credit card number and then just occasionally take out $20 here and there. On your statement it'll just look like something innocent to make it look like a trip ...
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Multi-Account Budgeting Tools/Accounts/Services

Every time I get paid, I take some of the money and allocate it for certain uses. I track this in a spreadsheet. This works fine, but it's not what I want in the end. Basically, I think what I want is ...
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What tool would you recommend to keep track of incomes and expenses?

Part of New Year's resolutions is to keep better track of where my money is going. I have a regular day job and I also do some freelancing work online , which is not related to my regular job. In my ...
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Can't get started with budgeting — no discipline! Any ideas on getting out of this rut?

I have had very little success with managing money. I have gone bankrupt once ($50K in credit card debt) and since then I no longer have credit cards (just a debit card) but my spending is still ...
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Checking/Savings accounts that have sub-accounts

I like to use the envelope system for budgeting, but I can't escape the convenience of debit cards, so a few months ago I set up 5 debit cards, one for my primary account, food, gasoline, household ...
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Tutorials for “catching up” with expense tracking, ideally in Quicken?

I've been procrastinating with organizing my finances, but I have most of my receipts from this year. Are there any tutorials out there that are geared for people who are a little behind with ...
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How does the envelope budgeting system work?

I have seen a little bit about the "Envelope System" for spending, and while I think I have the rough idea of it, how does it work in detail. I know there is http://www.mvelopes.com/, but this site ...