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Quicken 2006 For Dummies
     

Quicken 2006 For Dummies

by Stephen L. Nelson CPA
 

Maybe your idea of an accounting system is a shoe box that you simply stuff all your receipts and statements in when you shuffle off to see your accountant once a year. Perhaps you wonder where the money goes while you sip your daily cappuccino. Or maybe your retirement planning consists of buying lottery tickets.

It’s Quicken 2006 to the rescue!

Overview

Maybe your idea of an accounting system is a shoe box that you simply stuff all your receipts and statements in when you shuffle off to see your accountant once a year. Perhaps you wonder where the money goes while you sip your daily cappuccino. Or maybe your retirement planning consists of buying lottery tickets.

It’s Quicken 2006 to the rescue! America’s #1 personal finance software, it helps you balance your bank account, track income and expenses, pay bills, manage investments, plan for the kids’ college or your retirement, and more! But merely owning the software won’t help—you have to know how to use it. With step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots, this friendly guide shows you how to:

  • Install and set up Quicken (or update from a previous version) and navigate using the financial activity centers and QuickTabs
  • Manage personal or small business bank accounts and even print checks
  • Set up and review a “Secret Plan” (the author’s term for a budget)
  • Track your tax deductions
  • Monitor your income and outgo (with eleven suggested categories for expenses)
  • Track your assets (bank accounts, investments, and real estate), and debts (home mortgage principal, loan and credit card balances, etc.)
  • Monitor stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Pay bills electronically and, in some cases, do all your banking online
  • Maximize your investment earnings and minimize your taxes
  • Handle the payroll for a small business

Author and Quicken guru Stephen Nelson is a CPA, so he knows how to help you get the most from Quicken 2006 and the most for your money. This guide empowers you to take charge of your finances. It covers:

  • Using Quicken’s six powerful calculators to compare options and make smarter borrowing and refinancing decisions, more accurate savings and investment calculations, and more
  • Creating and printing reports and charts to summarize your financial information in all kinds of ways
  • Working with the Premier, Deluxe, and Basic editions of Quicken

Think about it. For less than the cost of a pair of shoes (and a new shoe box to put your valuable financial info in), you can learn how to determine exactly where your money goes and how to make it go further. Quicken 2006 For Dummies is an investment in your financial future—one that pays very good dividends.

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The new Quicken 2006 adds more than 120 new features, from one-click spending reports to updated asset allocation portfolios. Like clockwork, Stephen L. Nelson’s here to tame Quicken 2006, so you can use it as it’s meant to be used: to build wealth.

Nelson’s arguably the world’s No. 1 author on personal and small business accounting software. No wonder: His day job is helping individuals and entrepreneurs set up their books. He’s constantly seeing their goals and frustrations firsthand. It shows in his money-savvy approach.

You’ll walk step-by-step through “setting up shop,” master Quicken’s core checkbook functions, then learn the best ways to use Quicken to manage debt and track your portfolio. There’s even an insightful section on Quicken’s small business features. This polished, practical book doesn’t just teach Quicken: It helps you take control of your financial future. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764596582
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA, provides accounting, business advisory, tax planning, and tax preparation services to small businesses. His 100-plus books have sold more than four million copies.

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