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SPREADSHEETS for : Debt Control, Budgeting, Mortgages etc

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TalkinPeace Mon 03-Feb-14 19:52:21

The best way to get finances under control is to see what impact decisions will have.
But lots of people do not enjoy writing spreadsheets.
I do.

Credit Cards
If you pay the minimum on a credit card, it will take up to 18 years to pay off.
With a couple of really simple steps, you can clear those debts in a fraction of the time.
Input your numbers here

Lots of people have mortgages where they are only paying the interest, without fully understanding that this means they are only really renting their home, rather than paying off the loan.
Have a look at the implications here

Budgeting your income and expenditure
Its easy to firefight rather than plan when life gets tight.
This spreadsheet puts spending by order of necessity so makes it easier to see where you are

All of the spreadsheets are a general resource - feel free to download them to your own computer and make use of them.

Please do not damage the master copies - but I do check them every week or so.

If there are any spreadsheets that you would like me to write, ask and I'll see what I can do.

As a slight aside, here is the link to my Ebay Me page all about the tax side of running a small business

TalkinPeace Thu 25-Sep-14 13:39:53

Bump for frolicacid

TalkinPeace Wed 27-Aug-14 22:10:54

Please, please please
only type into the marked boxes - somebody had broken all three of them over the summer

NK5BM3 Wed 27-Aug-14 22:09:19

Thank you! Marking it now...

TalkinPeace Wed 27-Aug-14 22:06:11

bump for the end of the summer holidays

TalkinPeace Thu 17-Jul-14 18:22:01

another shameless bump to get this to the top of the board for new readers

TalkinPeace Sat 07-Jun-14 21:25:14

gratuitous bump so that newcomers can find them quickly

TalkinPeace Fri 16-May-14 18:14:41

for the amusement of all, I've just put my own bills and mortgage in there

TalkinPeace Sun 11-May-14 17:14:35

Bumping for the new people to the boards ....

set up that standing order tonight : play the banks at their own game

Apatite1 Sat 26-Apr-14 23:21:41

Talkingpeace, thanks very much for the mortgage one. Real eye opener!

TalkinPeace Sat 19-Apr-14 12:51:11

Hi there,

The credit card and mortgage ones ....
just put your numbers into the boxes at the top - your last year's mortgage statement will have the info you need if you do not know it
yes, of course yuou can save them to your own PC - just do "save as" and designate your own download folder

the budget one
best thing is to download it and have a play - all of the formulae in it are very straightforward
(unlike the other two!)

Talkin, please could you talk a dense MNetter through how to use these? I really like them, and want to see where my money goes each month but I don't understand how to use them. Can I save them to my computer? Sorry for being so IT illiterate ...

TalkinPeace Fri 18-Apr-14 13:12:40

back to page one for people looking at their finances over easter

(Can't find them if I watch thread on app)

TalkinPeace Thu 03-Apr-14 16:50:58

Bump for newcomers to the board

Pannacotta Thu 20-Mar-14 22:21:15

Thanks, looks really useful!

TalkinPeace Thu 20-Mar-14 21:18:14

mended version

I need to work on the cell protection
please do NOT delete columns - download to your machine and then play with it

TalkinPeace Thu 20-Mar-14 21:07:07

whoops, somebody has vandalised the monthly one .... I'll reload it in a few minutes

Pannacotta Thu 20-Mar-14 20:24:23

Talk do you mean the third spreadsheet and just add a column for weekly spending?
Sorry if that is dense, am not used to Excel, bit of a technophobe!

TalkinPeace Thu 20-Mar-14 18:00:07

Download the weekly one to your own computer
then start typing your numbers in for each week - the pattern will soon emege

LyndaCartersBigPants Thu 20-Mar-14 14:53:24

Talkin, thanks for those, really helpful. I have to pop out now, but will study them later.

One thing I found when doing a budget was that my bills go out on a calendar month basis, but my income (tax credits, child benefit) arrives in cribs and drabs at 4 weekly intervals or monthly (wages, maintenance) so I either had to pick one or the other.

In the end I made a graph myself, showing money in and out, ups and downs throughout the month. I haven't checked these yet, but that's something that is rare to find so if you can include that facility it would be great.

Pannacotta Thu 20-Mar-14 13:37:46

These are great, thanks OP.
I am one of those people who is not bad with money but overwhelmed by budgeting.
Do you have any suggestions to arrive at the monthly figures for the non essential spending?
I need to work this out for divorce settlement but unsure how to translate my notebook of spending into a monthly figure, if that makes sense (I make a note of what I spend every day but unsure what to do next!)

Thank you for guiding me here tip, will look at these later.

TalkinPeace Fri 14-Mar-14 19:21:52

Rowan : ready for you ....

BitsinTatters Tue 11-Mar-14 17:55:52

Fantastic resources for people overwhelmed by budgeting

Well done OP

TalkinPeace Tue 11-Mar-14 17:50:13

bump for Rowan thanks

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