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Understanding how computer software
programs can help track personal finances and cash flow
Computers and Cash Flow
By Bob & Kristi LaMontagne
God made us and He intends for us to be good stewards,
or care takers, of God’s money. Fortunately there
are many modern tools that can help us do that with
relative ease. Are you fearful or do you get excited
when computers are mentioned? Today, there are many
user friendly software programs to assist anyone interested
in tracking their finances on a computer. However, discipline
and accuracy are vital to properly record and safeguard
information entered. With computer software programs
you must faithfully enter all transactions. As a benefit,
you should receive easy to read reports, and detailed
summaries for your income and expenses, broken-out by
the major categories you pre-select. For instance, you
can customize most reports to match your spending and
biblical giving plan categories.
Easily available on the market today are many popular
financial software packages like Intuit’s Quicken
and Quick Book Pro, which are well designed for small
business and personal use. Also, available on the market
are software packages that deal with money matters by
Crown Financial Ministries. Larry Burkett’s team
originally developed these software packages, which
are reasonably priced. Then, of course, there is Microsoft
offering their Microsoft Money which is generally included
in their Microsoft Office software package.
Financial software programs offer great assistance
to anyone willing to work with computers to take control
of their cash flow and become debt free.
One big caution, if you (or your spouse – if
married) do not totally understand computerized records;
start with the easy-to-use Manual Cash Flow Control
System, included in Financial Freedom in 7 Weeks Plus.
Once you have this process down cold, then you’re
ready to move on to computer-based software, if desired.