Are you wondering how much you should put down on your credit card each month to ensure you aren’t taking decades to pay off your balance? With this free credit card payment calculator template, you can plug in your balance, interest rate, and your expected monthly payment (either fixed or as a percentage of the balance) to determine just how long it may take you to pay off your debt.
How the template works
The cells that require data entry are highlighted in yellow on the template. At a minimum, the balance, interest rate, starting date, and one of the two fields for the monthly payment need to be entered in:
For the monthly payment field, you can enter in both a fixed dollar amount and a percentage of the balance. How it works is that if you enter in both values, the higher payment calculation will be used.
For example, if you had a $10,000 balance and planned to pay 5% of it, the monthly payment would be $500 and decline along with the balance. If you also set a fixed payment of $400, then that would ensure your monthly payment would never fall below $400, even as the balance declines. In effect, the payment will be the greater of these two values. If you only enter a percentage of the balance, then only a percentage will be used. Similarly, if you only have a value for the fixed amount, then that’s what your payment will remain at.
Once you’ve entered in these fields, the rest of the template will populate. This includes calculations on how many years it will take for you to pay off your balance, the end date, how much your payments will total, and the amount of interest you will have paid:
If you enter a payment that is so small it won’t even cover your interest, then the payment amount will be highlighted in red:
In the above example, the years and end date will not be accurate since, under this example, the balance will grow rather than decline over time, and thus, will never be paid off.
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Want to estimate how much you might owe in taxes next year? If you are self-employed or have other income besides what you get from an employer, then you may find it useful to plan ahead of time and determine how much you might owe to ensure that you are putting aside enough money for taxes. It’s not a fun process but it can save some headaches later on. The good news is that Excel can make that process easy. Below, I’ll show you how you can calculate and estimate your taxes in Excel. And if you’d just prefer to download the file that I have created, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Determining your marginal tax rate
To estimate your taxable income and marginal tax rate, the first thing you’ll need is a table for the tax brackets. For this, I will use the schedule for federal income tax brackets 2021 found here.
I can’t simply copy the table into Excel as I will need to format it a little differently (the values contain text and won’t be helpful if I need to do a lookup). The table needs to be organized by income threshold rather than tax rate. This is how I have set it up in Excel:
To make this table easier to reference to, I am going to create named ranges for these tax brackets plus the income I am going to enter in. This will make it easier to follow along.
If I want to look up the incremental tax bracket for a given level of income, I can accomplish this using a VLOOKUP formula. This is the formula I would use to accomplish that:
What it is doing is taking the income number, and looking up the tax bracket table, and pulling in the second column (the tax rate). The VLOOKUP formula doesn’t look for an exact match (as I have left the last argument empty) and it will pull the closest number without going over. This is where it’s important to put in the numbers that the tax bracket start at, rather than a range. Using this formula, it correctly tells me that income of $100,000 would be at the 24% tax bracket as it does not yet reach the minimum amount for the next bracket — $164,926:
That tells me the correct tax bracket but I still need to calculate the taxes that are due at each level, which I will cover in the next section.
Determine how much you owe at each tax bracket
For the first tax bracket, I will need to determine if the income level reaches the second tax bracket. If it does and the income is at least $9,951, then I can multiply that by the tax rate of 10% as that would be the maximum that can be taxed at the first bracket — 9,951 x 10%. If the income is not at least $9,951, then I just multiply the total income by the tax rate. Here is what the formula looks like using named ranges:
I also use the MAX function just in case there is a negative number (where the income doesn’t even reach the next level). The same logic can now be applied for all of the remaining tax brackets except for the last one. Like the first one, it needs to be calculated differently. In that case, I just need to know if the income is above that threshold. And if it is, I take the difference between it and the total income, and multiply it by the highest rate:
If the income isn’t above the last level, then I put a 0 and multiply that by the tax rate. Now, when I’m all finished, I can sum up the tax owing at each level and come to a total tax number that would be due based on a given income number:
At this stage, you could now decide to deduct how much you may have already paid in taxes and any deductions or credits that you are entitled to.
But I’m not going to go any deeper here because there are too many different variations from one country and jurisdiction to the next when it comes to taxes. However, this should at least give you a good starting point for doing the rest of your estimation, however detailed you want it to be. But by at least estimating the taxes owing and deducting how much you have already paid, you should have a good idea of how much you might owe come tax time, under a worst-case scenario.
If you’d like to just download the file that I created when making this post, you can do so here.
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Many people are out buying homes this year as interest rates are at record lows. But figuring out what you can afford can sometimes be a bit challenging. You need to factor in how much of a downpayment you can afford, what your monthly payments will be, and your income. Oftentimes you’ll end up doing multiple what-if scenarios. However, with the free mortgage payment calculator in Excel, you can get a quick snapshot of all the pertinent information to help you determine which house prices are within your range. You can download the template here.
How the calculator works
There are three sets of inputs on the calculator. The first section relates to the mortgage itself — how much of a downpayment you can make, the interest rate that’s available to you today, and how many years long your mortgage will be.
The second section relates to how much income you make as well as how much of your income you want going to cover your mortgage. This is a good way to gauge affordability to ensure that the monthly mortgage payment is within your means. For the monthly income, you’ll want to use after-tax income since this is what will actually be available to you to pay your mortgage payments and other expenses. This is also tied to the worksheet’s conditional formatting. When the % of the monthly mortgage rises above your maximum%, the cells will highlight in red to show that these house prices will be too expensive based on your threshold.
This is an optional section and if you don’t enter it then the spreadsheet simply won’t populate the % of monthly income and there won’t be any conditional formatting applied.
The last section is simply what house price you want to start at, the minimum value that you want to look at. There’s also an area where you can determine at what increments each option should increase by. For instance, if you want to look at a very narrow range, you might put $10,000 to see the different scenarios if the house price increased by $10,000. If you’re looking at a much wider range, you could increment the values by more, such as $50,000 or $100,000.
As you enter values in these fields, the mortgage payment calculator will update its results and show you how the different scenarios look like at the different prices.
The above table will be updated immediately as you make changes to your inputs. Please note the spreadsheet is locked and you only can enter data in the inputs. This is to prevent user error and the possibility that formulas are overwritten.
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If you earn income from multiple jobs, you know how important it is to keep track of how much you’re making. If you work too little, you may not be making as much as you were planning. And if you’re working a lot more, you could afford to give yourself a break.
Whether you’re self-employed or you supplement your income by driving for Skip the Dishes or Uber, there’s no shortage of ways to make money these days which doesn’t involve working a regular 9-to-5 job. The income tracking template I’ve created will allow you easily track your income from various sources and help you stay on track if you’re targeting a certain income figure for the month or year.
How the income tracker template works
There are two tabs on this template: inputs, and calendar. The inputs are where you’ll go to enter in your income, so let’s start there.
On the Inputs tab you’ll enter the date you earned the income, the source, and how much you made. You can setup hourly or item rates. You can also just enter in a fixed income amount. Here’s an example of some sample inputs:
For jobs like Skip the Dishes or Uber where you don’t earn an hourly wage, you’ll need to enter a manual amount. If you sell items on eBay or Amazon where you might have an average price, you could potentially use a rate. And that’s where the rate schedule comes in handy:
This could also work if you work a part-time job or something where the rate is fairly steady. Whether it’s per hour or per item is irrelevant. The point is to try and make the input section as easy as possible and you don’t need to necessarily use the rate schedule if you don’t need it.
But if you enter a number under the hours/items section, the income earned formula will be looking for a rate to multiply that by — you’ll get an error if it can’t find one (unless you enter a manual total, which will override the calculation). So if you don’t have a rate for that source of income, don’t enter anything in the hours/items section and just use the manual input column.
Once all your data’s entered in, it’s time to head over to the Calendar tab.
A summary of all your income
For the week that I entered the weekly income for, here’s what the calendar shows:
You can visually see how much you’ve made each day and there is also a weekly total at the end. The key to everything calculating correctly is the value in the source column needs to match what you entered on the inputs tab.
There’s also a column further down titled Annual Run Rate which will tell you how much you’ll earn over the course of the year if you work a full year at your current weekly pace.
It’s simply a way to gauge whether you’re on track that week for your annual goal or not. That brings me to the next section: the setup.
Settings and goals for the income tracker template
If you scroll over to the right on the calendar tab, you’ll see an area where you can specify a number of different settings and goals. Only change the items that are highlighted in grey. Let’s go over each one:
Work weeks. This is how many weeks you plan to work during the year. If you are going to work every week then you can leave this at the default value of 52. If you’re going to take some weeks off, then deduct from that total. The purpose of this is for calculating the annual run rate.
Include partial month. If you strictly only want to include the days that fall in the month when calculating your weekly totals, then set this to ‘N’. If you set this to ‘Y’, then the first and last weeks of the month could include parts of the previous and upcoming months, depending on where the month ends and starts. The purpose of setting it to ‘Y’ would be so that every week is a full week. For instance, July 2020 began on a Wednesday. If you set partial months to ‘Y’, then your July calendar and weekly totals would include June 28-30. If you set partial months to ‘N’, then those days would not show up on the calendar and they wouldn’t be included in your weekly totals.
Monthly goal. This is the total income you want to earn on a monthly basis.
Annual goal. This is the total income you want to earn for the full year.
Below the setup options, you’ll also see a summary of your sales by month. You can enter the year if you’ve got multiple entered. But by default, I’ve set this to 2020.
Tracking your goals
Next to the calendar, you’ll also see charts showing you the progress that you’re making relative to your goals for the month and year:
The different gauges show different things. The first one is how close you are to reaching your monthly goal. The next one is how close you are to your annual run rate based on the monthly income you’ve earned thus far. And the third takes a tally of all of the income you’ve entered on the inputs page and compares it to your annual goal.
Download the template
This template is free to use and allows you to stay on top of all your income sources. The version is locked down to minimize data entry errors and does come with an ad. But as it is, it will allow you to enter in your data and the template is fully functional. You can download it here.
Currently, the template supports five income sources and you can adjust those in the free version. With the premium version, everything is unlocked and there is no ad. And you could add more income sources on the calendar tab if you’re comfortable adding rows and updating the formulas.
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A great way to start finding opportunities to save money is by simply looking at your monthly expenses. It can be as easy as downloading your recent transaction data from your bank or credit card issuer. While there are apps that can do that for you, by downloading it you have more control over the information and you also don’t have to give access to a third-party application. With the monthly expenses template, you can easily analyze your expenses in seconds.
The template has three tabs: DATA, CATEGORIES and SUMMARY. Let’s start with the most critical step, and that’s downloading your data and getting it into the template.
1. Getting Your Expenses In the Right Format
The most important part of the process is just getting the data correct from the start. On the DATA tab, there are four main headers (highlighted in blue) that you’ll want to populate information for: Transaction Date, Posting Date, Description, and Amount. You don’t need to use Posting Date since the monthly expenses template only uses the Transaction Date, but I included it since I found that many downloads included both dates.
The Description is a key field since it includes the Doing Business As (DBA) name, and this is crucial to ensuring that the right vendor name is extracted. Normally you’ll see the vendor name somewhere in the description. Have a look at this post as an example of how to extract the DBA name. It may not work 100% of the time as it ultimately depends on how the merchant sets up their DBA name, but generally, it should give you a pretty accurate result. There may also be instances where you have multiple vendors that are the same, and this again will likely be due to inconsistency in how one location inputs its DBA name versus another. In my sample data set, here’s how two purchases from Amazon can show up differently:
Without changing the actual description, we’d end up with two different vendors. This isn’t ideal, but it also shouldn’t be all that common. It’s likely a result of one purchase being made for a different type of product or service on Amazon and a different DBA name being used in that instance. What you could do is create a category for similar-named vendors to help at least group them at the category level (see step 2 for that).
Lastly, there is the amount field. Whether this is positive or negative doesn’t really matter as long as your expenses are consistent.
Once all your data is in, the columns in red will autofill as they contain formulas. If they don’t, you may need to copy the formulas down but they should be automatic as long as the data is in the table directly below the most recent row. At this point, you can go setup categories for your vendors if you want to slice the data a bit further, or you can go straight to updating the report (step 3)
2. Setting Up Categories to Track Your Monthly Expenses (Optional)
Quick note: on the CATEGORIES tab, you’ll see an option to change the month-day-year format into day-month-year. This is only necessary if your date is downloaded in text (e.g. doesn’t read as a date) and it’s in day-month-year format (month-day-year format is the default). However, if you’re just downloading data for the last week or month, this may be irrelevant for you if you’re not looking to analyze expenses over a longer period of time.
In this tab, you’ll be able to set up any categories that you want to track. However, you don’t have to add any categories and the analysis will simply look at the expenses at the vendor level.
To set up a category, all you need to do is enter the vendor name and next to it the category that you want to map the vendor to. This will ensure that on the DATA tab, the category will automatically be pulled in for a particular vendor. However, it’s important to note that the matches need to be exact, otherwise this won’t work. Even an extra space in the vendor name won’t result in the formula pulling the correct category.
3. Updating the Reports
The SUMMARY tab creates a dashboard for all your expenses. The only step you need to do here is to go to refresh all the tables. To do this, on the ribbon, select the Data tab and click on Refresh All. This will ensure all the pivot tables are updated.
From there, it’s just a matter of how you want to filter or view your data. You can select the slicers if you want to narrow in on a certain month or category.
There will be two columns that you can look at: one will be for the total spend, and the other for the % of the total. If you have set up categories, you can narrow in to see which vendors made up a given category and the percentage will show their overall share.
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