THE PRETTY GOOD BUDGET PROGRAM

DEVELOPED BY DENNIS COOPER

THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING A BUDGET IS NOT TO MERELY RECORD TRANSACTIONS, BUT TO FORECAST EXPENSES FOR THE YEAR AND ENSURE THERE ARE SUFFICIENT FUNDS AVAILABLE TO COVER EACH OF THE PROJECTED EXPENSES.

I developed this program as a means of managing my own finances, mainly to ensure that I would have the necessary funds set aside to cover all my expenses. For several years I had maintained a budget using ledger books and calculating every transaction manually. When I began working with Spreadsheet programs, however, I realized that the use of formulas written into cells would be perfect for maintaining a budget, with formulas automatically calculating all the transactions. So, I gradually developed this program, the PRETTY GOOD BUDGET PROGRAM, and you can download it from this page and use it for FREE !

The information you will enter at the beginning of the program will immediately determine the HARSH REALITY of whether or not you are actually earning enough to cover your current expenses, and exactly how much money you must set aside from each pay cheque in order to cover each of your expenses for the year. 

You may just be surprised to see that it is not only possible to survive on what you are earning, but also to have some money left over !

 

Before downloading the file you should create a new folder in your "My Documents" folder and name it "Budget". 
Save the file to that folder or, if you prefer, just save it to your desktop.

 

FOR WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS:

To download the PRETTY GOOD BUDGET PROGRAM and USER GUIDE, right-click on this link and choose "Save Target As...."  Save the file to the desired location on your computer, either on your Desktop, in My Documents/Budget or wherever else you will remember where to find it.

PRETTY GOOD BUDGET-v4

The file you saved is a "Self Extracting Zipped" file. Locate the file you saved to your computer and double-click on it. You may get a Security Warning stating that the "publisher can not be verified" and, if you do, click "run". You will be asked for a location in which to save the files, so click on the "Browse" button and navigate to the location where you wish to save the extracted files. Generally you will choose either your Desktop or "My Documents". If you created a new folder named "Budget", save them to that folder, My Documents/Budget.   Two files will be extracted...the spreadsheet budget program, "PRETTY GOOD BUDGET Template V4" and a .pdf file, "PRETTY GOOD BUDGET V4 USER GUIDE". 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE USER GUIDE BEFORE USING THE PROGRAM !

FOR MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS:

Download the file from the link on the right and extract the files to a folder on your hard drive using an extraction program such as STUFFIT, PKZIP or PKWARE. PRETTY GOOD BUDGET-v4 for MAC
To extract the files you will need a zip extraction program such as STUFFIT. Click on the logo on the right to go to the STUFFIT Web Site to download the program

 

 

This program is designed in Microsoft Excel, the Spreadsheet program in Microsoft Office. If you do not have Excel installed on your computer you can download a FREE office suite, "LibreOffice" which contains a Spreadsheet program, "CALC" that is compatible with Excel.

Click on the link on the right to download LibreOffice. 

                                 www.libreoffice.org

 

The USER GUIDE for this program is a ".pdf" file, so you will need Adobe Reader to view this manual.

If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, click on this icon to get it...

                                      

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by clicking on the nerd.....

 

 

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