December 17th, 2005


Microsoft Money: hour one, strike one two

Ok, so it apparently doesn't allow you to have both a banking and a credit card account with the same institution.

My Amazon card is provided by Chase. My checking account is provided by Chase. I can track one, but not both? WTF?! (And as an added bonus, until a few months ago, I also had a Chase branded credit card - so 2 cards and a checking account all from the same provider. I bet that really would've gotten its panties in a bunch.)

Oh, and I decided I'd give it a shot and I gave them my MBNA login credentials so that they could automatically download my account info. And then it failed, with an unspecified error.

So I can't add all of my accounts, and it can't correctly sync with the accounts I have.

Five minutes in and I'm already on the verge of uninstalling this piece of crap.

Bill payment worksheet

I created a spreadsheet to help manage my finances and bills. It's aimed at people who are in debt, but it's useful for anyone who has recurring bills to pay. I just got tired of trying to wrestle with my finances and I didn't want to use Microsoft Money or Intuit Quicken for various reasons (not the least of which is that when I tried Money, it just didn't work). One handy feature: it'll tell you which bills are late, and which ones are coming due in the next 10 days.

Here's a screen shot:

And if you want to download it and try it out for yourself, here you go:

Disclaimer: I make no warranty on this at all, and furthermore, I made it in OpenOffice (free! go download it now!) and I don't know how it looks or works in Excel. It works nicely in OO, and that's all I cared about.

If you try it, and like it, let me know. If you try it, and think of something you'd like to see in it, let me know that too. If you try it, and it helps you pay off your debt, send me some of your newfound spare cash.
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Tiki Barber, 249 yards on the day - wow. You gotta love it. :)

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