Francine Mina. Spreadsheet. August 25th , 2021.
The process of planning that very special day when you will be marrying the love of your life, can quickly turn into a mountain of stress and frustration with finances, if it is not done carefully. A unique tool that has been designed with brides-to-be in mind and can help prevent over-budgeting errors from occurring is known as a wedding budget spreadsheet. Never before has the task of planning, budgeting and categorizing the aspects of that big day been as simple and easy as it is when the benefits of this planning tool are used.
Ideally a spreadsheet should take into consideration the budget schedule based on one’s salary dates and due dates for bill payment. It should also include other income such as bonuses, business profits, commissions, interests. The other important items on the list are monthly grocery needs, utility bills, home maintenance, maintenance of car or any other vehicle, entertainment, personal expenditure. Once the sorting of income and expenses is done make a column that indicate projected amount and another that gives actual amount for both income and expenditure. This way one can keep track of the actual amount of expenditure that is taking place and try to balance funds.
This is why I find it so absurd when some analyst or pundit claims that an asset like gold is ”worthless” in an investing portfolio because of some biased spreadsheet work they did. I wonder if these people have ever gotten far enough away from their spreadsheets to see how the world markets really work? Having some portfolio insurance like gold around is a really splendid idea. YES, the Forever Portfolio holds gold, silver and displays a good record with other assets likes stocks (mainly ETFs), bonds and cash. But what in history suggests this is not a good idea? Show me the flaw! Show me the data? It doesn’t matter what your chart is showed worked best over a particular time period. The fact is that concentrating your bets is dangerous, and sometimes your stocks and bonds don’t payout on your timetable. This is just how life works. I am finding out more each day. Diversifying a little bit is prudent.
Since, household financial management is equally important to keep track of one’ expenses and income, one should invest proper time and make good efforts to select a spreadsheet that is handy and efficient. While browsing online for these spreadsheets it becomes quite difficult to select the right program that is simple to use and effectively takes care of the financial management.
There are other ways to import data into your database, including using Web forms or setting up a special email inbox that will post the information automatically. These tasks will take some skill and some HTML knowledge, however. Other tools require more programming skill to do what Trackvia does with a few mouse clicks, or are more cumbersome to manipulate, or don’t have the automatic defaults that make setup as easy as Trackvia. Did I mention the cost? $10 per month per user. This includes an unlimited number of databases and up to a GB of attachment storage (meaning that you aren’t charged for the actual records themselves that are stored). If you sign up before October 1 for an account, the company will give you several additional features free.
In the past, the easiest way to share a small database was to create a spreadsheet and email it to your collaborators. This time-tested method has withstood more sophisticated competition for several reasons: First, databases are still tricky for some people to understand. While relational databases can be thought of as tables that have several indexes, this is more than many people want to deal with. Second, the collaboration tools are tough to learn and use. Look at how many people still use Lotus Notes for email and not much else. And since most of us are comfortable with email, using it as the transportation system isn’t all that taxing. Until the day comes when three people are working on the same spreadsheet and make conflicting changes.
When a team of people reaches this point - whether they are a small company or a department within a larger enterprise - they need a central collaboration solution built. They may be able to buy it or they may have to build one, depending on their specific needs. But the pain of trying to collaborate is now so high that they are suffocating - a significant growth bottleneck has set in.
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