All articles with 'personal finance' Tag

Growing a Money Mustache using Excel [for fun]

Published on Aug 22, 2012 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Growing a Money Mustache using Excel [for fun]

Mustache and Excel?!? Sounds as unlikely as 3D pie charts & Peltier. But I have a story to tell. So grab a cup of coffee and follow me.

Today, lets talk about how to construct a dynamic chart that can show us how much progress we have made against a financial goal (in this case, accumulating a big chunk of money). I call this growing mustache chart, inspired from the wonderful Mr. Money Mustache.

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Dr. Scroll-bar Mortgage Calculator or: Why you should not be borning and use form controls

Published on Jan 20, 2010 in excel apps, Featured, Learn Excel
Dr. Scroll-bar Mortgage Calculator or: Why you should not be borning and use form controls

Today we will build a mortgage payment calculator (and amortization schedule) using excel. But we will not build a boring excel sheet, we will build a mortgage calculator that is easy to play with.

A mortgage payment is a monthly installment that you pay towards a loan. Any mortgage loan will typically have, (1) loan amount, (2) duration of the loan in years, (3) interest rate per year

Given these 3 parameters, we can easily determine the monthly installment amount (this will be the same amount for all months during loan tenure)

We are going to use Excel’s form controls (more on this below) to build a mortgage payment calculator like this.

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Track Your Mutual Fund Portfolio using Excel [India Only]

Published on Dec 28, 2009 in excel apps, personal finance
Track Your Mutual Fund Portfolio using Excel [India Only]

Excel is very good for keeping track of your investments. Due to its grid nature, you can easily create a table of all the mutual fund holdings and monitor the latest NAVs (Net Asset Values) to see how your investments are doing. A while back we have posted a file on tracking mutual funds using excel. Today we are going to release an upgrade for that file.

Read the rest of this post to understand how this template works and download the free template.

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Personal Budget Spreadsheet [Downloads]

Published on Nov 23, 2009 in excel apps
Personal Budget Spreadsheet [Downloads]

At PHD household, we believe in using money wisely. Both Mrs. PHD and I come from very modest backgrounds. Our upbringing has taught us value of money in the most effective way – by exposing us to not having any. So when we got our first job (did I tell you that both Jo and I started working in same company and sat in same floor? Oh, it was such a lovely time), we were very prudent and decided not to waste money on anything trivial (we still are, just that over last 6 years our earning capacity increased a bit and we became parents).

Anyways, I am not here to bore you about my household. But I am here to tell you fun ways to track expenses and household budgets using spreadsheets.

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Build a Retirement Calculator using Excel (learn how to use Goal Seek as a bonus)

Published on Jul 29, 2009 in Excel Howtos, Featured, Learn Excel, personal finance
Build a Retirement Calculator using Excel (learn how to use Goal Seek as a bonus)

In this installment of spreadcheats, we will learn how to use goal seek feature of excel. We will build a retirement savings calculator using excel. We will learn to use Excel’s FV() formula to estimate the corpus that can be accumulated by saving fixed amount every month.

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Save a quarter buck everytime you buy coffee at starbucks

Published on Sep 25, 2008 in food and drink, ideas, personal finance
Save a quarter buck everytime you buy coffee at starbucks

I am coffee drinker. And I love various types of coffee; be it the Chennai strong filter coffee or the medium-blend of Starbucks, I just love to sip a cupfull every morning. Since I love coffee so much I thought why not share a little secret about coffee buying with you all. Assuming you buy […]

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Tracking your stock portfolio using Google Docs

Published on Sep 12, 2008 in ideas, Learn Excel, personal finance
Tracking your stock portfolio using Google Docs

By integrating services like Google Finance, Search in to spreadsheet functions, google docs has paved the way for endless possibilities. Google spreadsheet function GoogleFinance() can be used to build stock portfolio tracker sheet that can fetch historical stock quotes to tell how your money is doing. Click here to see the stock portfolio tracker sheet […]

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Use Google docs to track your bucks – [spreadsheet forms idea]

Published on Jul 14, 2008 in hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, personal finance, technology

Each of us have our mechanisms to track how we spend money. We use Excel, various online sites and software like Quicken or Microsoft Money to track how we spend our bucks. The bottom line is to track where each penny / paisa / cent is going. So, how great would be it be, if […]

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Get Stock Quotes in Excel

Published on Jun 24, 2008 in america, hacks, Learn Excel, technology

While trying to spell check one my sheets I have learned this cool trick to fetch real time stock quotes without any webqueries or vba or anything. First enter the stock code in a cell (this works for US stocks only), for eg. AAPL for Apple, MSFT for Microsoft etc. Then ALT+CLICK on that cell, […]

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Here is a simple way to get Rs. 70 Lakhs when you are 55 – DONT touch your PF

Published on Jun 17, 2008 in Random

Here is a simple piece of advice to literally everyone who is working: do NOT touch your Provident Fund, no matter what. Provident fund (commonly known as PF, EPF) is a retirement benefit facility provided to Indian employees by their employers of companies that have more than 20 employees. The option is applicable for practically […]

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Mutual Fund Portfolio Tracker using MS Excel

Published on Apr 18, 2008 in Featured, ideas, Learn Excel, personal finance, technology

Would you like to spend next 5 minutes learning how to create an excel sheet to track your mutual fund portfolio? Download the mutual fund portfolio tracker excel workbook now. [Download Excel 2003 compatible version here] NOTE: File updated on 7-FEB-2012 to fix errors. Download again if you need to. We will use 2 simple […]

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