Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Budget Tracking with Google Docs

Many of you may have heard about the recent acquisition of mint.com by Intuit, the makers of Quicken.  I really like using mint.com to monitor my financial status.  I have yet to really embrace the budgeting aspect of it though.  For budgeting, I use a little more antiquated method... spreadsheets!  I originally created my own custom spreadsheet, first in excel, then in google docs.  Having it available anywhere and being able to quickly update it without launching spreadsheet software is a plus.  I can also easily share my budget with my fiancee.  Recently, I discovered the wonderful library of templates available on google docs when I needed to create an invoice for some freelance work I did.  Out of curiosity, I also checked out the personal finance templates available.  If you are looking for an easy way to create a budget online, I highly recommend you look into the spreadsheet function of google docs and also check out what templates are available in their template library.

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