upcoming/planned bills

Mike Sabin m_sabin@mindspring.com
Thu, 9 Nov 2000 23:15:55 -0500

I am not a developer (yet), so I have little to add on that front, but I
would make two comments from a user's perspective:

1.  For people like me, running gnucash as a personal (family) financial
program, budgeting is pretty important.  Folks bother to go through the 
pain of entering in every bloody transaction for years at a time, 
because they want to achieve greater financial security and prosperity.  
Planning for income and expenses, and making sure that something is left 
over to save or invest, is really one of the main points of the exercise.
So I hope that these matters will continue to receive some development 

2.  My current approach to budgeting with gnucash is that I have developed
a list of all recurring and expected transactions for the upcoming 3 months, 
and I will actually enter these into the register, sans check numbers, and
with expected amounts.  Then I can look at the balance in the register for 
those 3 months, and see how the cash is projected to hold up.  If there's 
extra, I can put some aside; if not, figure out what to do about it.  I 
expect this method to actually be more helpful than the typical monthly 
budget and cash flow reports generated by some popular proprietary programs,
because I can project my cash balance with a resolution of about a day,
rather than a month.


Mike Sabin

On Thu, Nov 09, 2000 at 12:39:25AM -0800, Joshua Sled wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 08:35:06PM +1100, Robert Graham Merkel wrote:
> | From: Robert Graham Merkel <rgmerk@mira.net>
> | Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 20:35:06 +1100
> | To: Arnaud Calvo <arnaud@calvo-france.com>
> | Cc: Liste GnuCash <gnucash-devel@lists.gnumatic.com>
> | Subject: upcoming/planned bills
> | 
> | Arnaud Calvo writes:
> |  > 
> |  > Good morning !
> |  > 
> |  > Yesterday, I mailed Bryan Larsen about the "budget-report", and he told me the
> |  > project was dead, but there's another upcoming feature that'll do the same
> |  > job...
> |  > 
> |  > What about it ?
> |  > 
> |  
> | Hi there,
> | 
> |    Budgeting is definitely something we want, but as far as I know
> | there hasn't been work on it lately.
> | 
> | If anybody's looking for something to work on, this is definitely an
> | area we could use assistance in :)
> This [budgeting] is actually the reason I joined the list, but haven't
> had time to think about it much, recently [as should be obvious from the
> reply delay on this message].
> If anyone has thoughts or notes on budgeting besides what's in CVS, I'd
> be curious to see them... I couldn't find much in the list archives...
> a brain dump from any developers who have thought about it but don't have
> time to work on it would be helpful, as well.
> ...jsled
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