Synopses & Reviews
Organize your finances today and plan for the future
Stay on top of your bills and discover where you can save
Track deductions and prepare for tax time
Plan and manage your investments
Open the book and find:
How to install and set up Quicken
Steps for banking and paying bills online
Details about producing financial reports and graphs
Advice on tracking mortgages, loans, and other debts
Tips for managing your investment accounts
Ways to monitor your spending
Steps for managing your rental property finances
How to track deductions and plan for tax time
Keep your finances in order the easy way, with Quicken 2012 and this handy guide!
Keeping an eye on every penny is more important than ever.Whether you're new to Quicken or upgrading from a previous version, this book makes it easy to use Quicken to take control of your finances! Track your income and expenses, maximize savings, pay your bills, manage your investments, and balance your checkbook.
The setup start Quicken for your financial needs, whether you're a first-time user or upgrading
Count on it use Quicken's financial planning calculators to plan for retirement, compare loan programs, or save for a college education
Balancing act maintain an electronic checkbook, print checks, and truly simplify all your financial housekeeping
Paper or plastic? monitor all your credit cards and cash in one place
Build a nest egg maximize your return and minimize risk by tracking your retirement accounts, stocks, and bonds
Get down to business capture your business and personal expenses in one place and track how your business is doing
Get a tax break Quicken's records ease the pain of preparing your taxes
It's under control design a realistic budget and let Quicken help you stick to it
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The fun and easy guide to the leading personal finance software—completely updated for the latest version of Quicken!
You want to organize your personal finances and save, but the project seems overwhelming? Expert financial guide and bestselling author Stephen Nelson shows how taking control of your finances can be quick and effortless with Quicken, the number one personal finance software on the market. Providing you with a thorough introduction to all the latest features and enhancements to the latest version, Nelson shows you how to use the program to track your income and expenses, maximize savings, pay your bills, manage your investments, and balance your checkbook.
Whether you're a first-time Quicken customer or looking to take advantage of the updates the latest release has to offer, Quicken "X" For Dummies offers a straightforward-but-fun approach to this popular personal finance software. You'll set up Quicken "X" properly, so you get started off on the right foot, then move on to create an electronic checkbook, monitor your credit cards and cash in one place, and simplify all your financial housekeeping. You'll learn how to use Quicken to build a nest egg, track your investments, prepare for tax time, and more.
- Veteran author Stephen Nelson provides a thorough update to his classic bestseller on the number one personal financial management planning program
- Shows you how to track your day-to-day finances, better manage your investments, boost your personal savings, be more responsible with your spending, tackle debt, and more
- Presents a fun and friendly approach to a topic that many people find intimidating or overwhelming and quickly and easily helps you take control of your personal finances
Whether you're just starting to pinch pennies or have been saving for several years, Quicken "X" For Dummies will help you keep control of your finances—the fun and easy way!
About the Author
Stephen L. Nelson
is a CPA in Redmond, Washington. Nelson has an undergraduate degree in accounting, a Master of Business Administration degree in finance, and a Master of Science degree in taxation. He's spent three decades helping individuals, real estate investors, and businesses manage their finances — usually, in part, by better use of computer systems such as Quicken.
As corny as it sounds, Steve truly enjoys writing books that make using personal computers easier and more fun. In fact, a substantiated rumor that appeared first in The Wall Street Journal says Steve has written more than 150 computer books.
Steve is the best-selling author on the Quicken product. In fact, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., recently tallied up Steve’s Quicken For Dummies sales — and darned if the publisher hasn’t printed more than one million copies!
Table of Contents
Part I: Zen, Quicken, and the Big Picture 7
Chapter 1: Setting Up Shop 9
Chapter 2: Introduction to the Big Picture 23
Chapter 3: Maximum Fun, Maximum Profits 45
Part II: The Absolute Basics 57
Chapter 4: Checkbook on a Computer 59
Chapter 5: Printing 101 87
Chapter 6: Online and In Charge 99
Chapter 7: Reports, Charts, and Other Cool Tools 107
Chapter 8: A Matter of Balance 127
Chapter 9: Housekeeping for Quicken 139
Chapter 10: Compound Interest Magic and Other Mysteries 155
Part III: Home Finances 175
Chapter 11: Credit Cards, Petty Cash, and PayPal 177
Chapter 12: Other People's Money 199
Chapter 13: Tracking Tax-Deferred Investments 221
Chapter 14: Stocks and Bonds 245
Part IV: Very Serious Business 263
Chapter 15: Mind Your Business 265
Chapter 16: Managing Rentals 289
Part V: The Part of Tens 295
Chapter 17: (Slightly More Than) Ten Questions I’m Frequently Asked about Quicken 297
Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Tips on How Not to Become a Millionaire 307
Chapter 19: (Almost) Ten Troubleshooting Tips 317
Part VI: Appendixes 321
Appendix A: Quick-and-Dirty Windows 7 323
Appendix B: Glossary of Business, Financial, and Computer Terms 339