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To begin using the check register, go to FILE>Make a copy. If you could like to download this spreadsheet to Excel, click FILE>Download As>Microsoft Excel
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How to use the check register
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Click on the tab called "Month 1" are rename it. You can call it whatever you'd like. I typically name mine for the budget period I am working on. For example, my current budget runs from March 19 to April 15, so my tab is called "March 19 - April 15".
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In the yellow box under "Balance" enter the current balance in your bank account.
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Add any outstanding items that have not yet cleared the bank, like checks you have written or debit card transactions that have not yet appeared in the account. Add these items to the "outgoing" column.
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Using your monthly bills list, determine what bills will come out of your account before your next paycheck. Add all of those items to your check register using the "outgoing" column.
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As your bills clear the account, you can track them by putting an "X" in the cleared column. If you use budgeting software to track your expenses, I have also included a column called "budget" which I use to check off an item once I have entered the transaction into my budget. Again, I just use an "X".
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Everytime you spend money, enter it into your check register. Put an "X" in the cleared column once the transaction has cleared.
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At the end of each budget cycle, decide what you are going to do with the leftover money. We use it toward our goal, which is currently paying off debt. We start each new budget cycle with a zero balance.
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To begin your new budget cycle, click the arrow on the check register tab and select "duplicate". You can then rename the tab just like you did before.
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