Split credit card transactions

Maf. King maf at chilwell.net
Wed Nov 18 08:37:33 EST 2009

On Wednesday 18 November 2009 13:16:29 Robert Cussons wrote:
> Hi all, very new to gnucash, so please bear with me.
> I've found the tutorials for Gnucash very helpful, but I can't work out how
> to correctly enter Split credit card transactions. I found this:
> http://www.gnucash.org/docs/v1.8/C/gnucash-guide/cc_together1.html#cc_toget
> But it doesn't show the split transaction expanded and I'm afraid I'm too
> dumb to work out how to do it right L

Hi Robert.

That page on the tutorrial seems to be missing a bit of detail about enterig 
split txns.  Just  skimmed through the page, so it may be that I didn't see 
it, or it is covered elsewhere in the tutorial.

You need to press the "Split" toolbar button, and that will let you enter a 
txn which looks like the attached screenshot.
> So, for example I spent £40 at a petrol station on my credit card. £30 of
> this was on petrol and £10 on new oil for the car. I want to be able to
> split these out so that I can see how much I'm spending specifically on
> petrol rather than general costs of maintaining the car.
> Therefore I follow the webpage above and enter in the first line the total
> value of the sale £40 under Charge.
> I then have two lines below, one going to Expenses->Car for £10 and one
> going to Expenses->Car->Petrol for £30. Should these amounts be entered
> under the Payment column as they are effectively money transferred from the
> two expenses categories? Doing that brings the balance to zero, as I would
> expect, but it doesn't then seem to show up under the Expenses categories,
> do you have to exit out of the Credit card window and save it for it to
> appear? I haven't done this yet as I've found that once transactions are
> saved I didn't seem to be able to delete or cancel them.

You may have told GC to disable the "delete" option - there is a button on the 
toolbar marked delete - that brings up a confirm dialogue, which asks if you 
want to prevent future deletion. 

Try Actions -> Reset Warnings, and see if you can delete then....


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