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By Cara in Orlando, FL on 1/8/2006


Hi, we are just about ready to start building our home in Orlando, FL. I am an Excel person, and up until now have been using Excel to track outflows, create a budget, etc. We are thinking of maybe investing in some software that gives us a little more power and lets us print checks,  but I don't want to give up the flexibility of Excel. What software do you use to manage your budget, and what are the pros and cons?

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By Michael in Cave Creek, AZ on 1/8/2006


I like to use excel for budgeting and draw requests.  I am good with Excel and can write formulas to do most anything I want.  For writing checks, I use paper checks when I am visiting vendors or paying on site.  For checks that I cut from my home office I use Quicken. It was preloaded on my computer when I bought the computer. So, it was essentially free. I also use Quicken to track all of the bank account balances.

The next step up would be an accounting software package such as Quickbooks. I think tracking a budget with 30+ line items is easier in Excel personally, but Quickbooks can be used to integrate the estimating, budgeting and check writing.


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By Lori in Reno, NV on 1/14/2006


Cara,

I asked the loan company we are going with if they had a spreadsheet. They emailed it to me and it seems to be working ok, have only put a couple line items in so far. Give yours a call they may have one.

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