Project #79989 - Personal Budget

Personal Budget Exercise – MS Excel

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Creating a spreadsheet to track personal expenses is an excellent use of Microsoft Excel.  For this exercise, you will create a spreadsheet to enter a personal budget and track actual expenses for the year.  You may choose to use real data or create a fictitious budget using a monthly income amount of $3,500 

Here are suggested budget categories if you are not using a real budget.  At a minimum, you must have 9 budget categories:

Housing (mortgage or rent)

Food

Utilities

Miscellaneous

Car payment

Entertainment

Insurance

Gas

Student Loans

Savings

 

 

Requirement

Points Allocated

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1

Open Excel and save a blank worksheet with the following name:

“Student’s First InitialLast Name Excel”
Example: JSmith Excel

Set Page Layout to Landscape

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Use Print Preview to review how spreadsheet would print.

 

2

In the worksheet, insert a Custom Header titled, "My Personal Budget."

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This Custom Header text must be Arial 14 point, Bold, and be centered on the page.

3

Add a custom Footer with your name in the Left Section and automatic pagination in the Right  Section.

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Text format is Arial 10 point

Normal.

4

Enter column headings :

BUDGET ITEM, PROJECTED COSTS and the 12 months for the year: JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBEr

You may abbreviate the months as follows: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG,
SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC

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All column headings must use the following text formatting:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Text centered in column

All capital letters

5

Enter your personal budget categories/labels (either your own or the list provided) in the rows under the column heading BUDGET ITEM.

A minimum of 9 categories is required.

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Text format is Arial 10 point, Normal. 

Align text Left in the cell.

6

Format all cells containing numeric data to Currency, using two decimal places. If you have this set up correctly MS Excel will automatically insert a "$" in front of the amounts that you enter.

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I will be able to tell if you simply typed in the "$." This will result in zero (0) points for this item. If any other format is used besides Currency, the score will be zero (0) for this component.

7

In the column under your PROJECTED COSTS label, enter a monthly budget goal amount for each BUDGET ITEM category. This would be the limit of what you want to spend on each category in one month's time.

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Arial 10 point

Bold

Align text Right in column

8

Enter the label "PROJECTED BUDGET TOTAL:" in the next row in the BUDGET ITEM column.

Use the SUM function to calculate the total amount of the PROJECTED COSTS column in the cell to the right of this label (under the PROJECTED COSTS values). (This amount should equal your income amount of $3,500.)
Note: do not enter each cell in the column individually when using the SUM function

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Use the following formats:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Blue

Align text Right in the cell

9

Under the heading for each Month, enter an actual expense amount for that item for that month. (For example, in the winter months, your utility bills might be higher). While some items might be the same from month to month, DO NOT enter the same amount for all items across the months.  In each month you want to be close to you monthly income number but do not always have to match it exactly.

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Use the following text format:

Arial 10 point

Normal

Align text Right in the cell

10

In the next row in the BUDGET ITEM column (under the PROJECTED BUDGET TOTAL label) enter the label "Total Monthly Expenses."

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Use the following text format:
Arial 10 point
Bold
Green
Align text Right in the cell

11

For the cells in this Total Monthly Expenses row, insert a formula that will calculate the total actual expenses for each month.  Use the SUM function to add the amounts in each column and show the result. 
Note: do not enter each cell in the column individually when using the SUM function

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12

In the next row under the “Total Monthly Expenses” label put the label “Projected versus Actuals.”`

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Use the following text format:
Arial 10 point
Bold
Align text Right in the cell

13

Then in the cell under the Total Monthly Expenses for each month, use a formula that will subtract the actual total expenses for the month from the projected budget total (the target amount in the PROJECTED BUDGET TOTAL column).

You must use Absolute Reference in your formula

If the result of your calculation is a positive number, then you are under budget for the month. (You have money left over). If the number is negative, then you are over budget for the month. (You didn’t have enough money to pay all of the expenses that month).

*You will use the result of this calculation to answer Question 3 below

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14

Enter a column label titled “Total” to the right of your last month.

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Format - for all cells in this column:
Arial 10 point
Bold
Blue
Align right in cell

15

Enter a formula using the AutoSum drop-down option on your tool bar and insert the Sum function in the first budget item row, under Total. Then copy this formula down for all the other categories. This will calculate the total expenditures for each BUDGET ITEM in your budget list over the span of the year.

NOTE: Be certain to total just the months; do not include the PROJECTED COSTS column.

NOTE: do not enter each cell in the row individually when using the SUM function

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Use the following  formats:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Blue

Align text Right in the cell –

You must use Excel to build a formula for adding the item amounts. If you simply type in a total, I will be able to tell and will award zero (0) points for this component.

16

Enter a column label titled "Item Average Expense" to the right of the Item “Total” column.

 

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Format of all entries in the column:
Arial 10 point
Bold
Black
Align right in cell

17

Enter a formula using the AutoSum drop-down option on your tool bar and insert the Average function of your expenses from January through December in the first budget item row, under the label "Item Average Expense." Then copy this formula down for all the other categories.

Note: do not enter each cell in the row individually when using the AVERAGE function

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Use the following text format:
Arial 10 point
Bold
Black
Align text right in the cell

18

Apply All Borders to the spreadsheet area only. This means that there will be lines around all the individual cells that make up your spreadsheet. Format your first row (column headings) by shading it to distinguish the headings from the number entries. These headings should already  Bold.

Ensure that all column headings and row labels are fully visible. Either use Wrap Text OR expand the column width so that no labels are truncated.

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Overall, format the spreadsheet for readability and clarity. Be sure font size and type are used consistently. Use color appropriately to improve the appearance.

19

Create a pie chart that shows the items listed in your total PROJECTED COSTS column as slices of the pie chart. (Note: This is budget not actual expense items.). You will use two columns for your chart – the BUDGETED ITEM column and the PROJECTED COSTS column.

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20

Title the pie chart: “My Personal Budget”

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21

Show dollar amounts on each segment of the chart.

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22

Center the chart in the space below your budget numbers & expenses on the first page (the spreadsheet might take up multiple pages in Print View. You may need to resize the chart to do this. Check the Print view to ensure that the chart is centered below the spreadsheet cells on page 1.

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23

Chart Legend

Ensure that all segments are clearly identifiable from your legend (on the right-hand side).  The legend should contain your BUDGETED ITEM list and be color-coded to match the chart.

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24

Rename your sheet tab from “Sheet 1” to "Budget 2015" in the Sheet Tab area at the bottom left side of the spreadsheet. Delete unused sheets.

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For the questions below, you can present your answers in a very readable format by typing your answer in one cell (in Column A), then highlighting and selecting several rows and columns, selecting merge cells and selecting Wrap Text. You will want to change the text from Center to Left justification.  Play with this a bit.  If you simply type your answer on a single line in Column A, that will also be ok.

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Question1: If you received a $1000 bonus one month, how would you divide it to spend among the nine budget categories (in your PROJECTED COSTS) and why?

Label your response Question 1.  Answer this question in 2 to 3 sentences after the last row of your spreadsheet. DO NOT change your spreadsheet. Just respond to the question.

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Use the following text format:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Black

Align text left in the cell

25

Question 2: If your car unexpectedly needed a $500 repair, explain how you would reduce your MONTHLY BUDGET to pay for your car repair. Be sure to include the categories from which you will take the $500 in your explanation.

Label your response Question 2. Answer this question in 2 to 3 sentences in a new row under your response to Question 1. DO NOT change your spreadsheet. Just respond to the question.

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Use the following text format:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Black

Align text left in the cell

25

Question 3: State the amount that you were over or under budget for the month of August. (See the highlighted text above for how you determined if you were over or under budget for August.) What caused it?

Label your response Question 3. Answer this question in 2 to 3 sentences in a new row under your response to Question 2. DO NOT change your spreadsheet. Just respond to the question.

1.0

Use the following text format:

Arial 10 point

Bold

Black

Align text left in the cell

 

TOTAL

10

 

 

 

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