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And why isn't the bank statements in PDF files the "audit trail"? The numbers in those files can be compared with the numbers in the tables. The query structure will show whether the query will give the correct results or not. If the input numbers are correct, and the operations performed on those numbers are correct; it seems logical to assume that the output would also be correct. When in doubt, the query structure can also be checked by feeding it data with known calculations. If the query output on this data matches the known calculations, I would think the query can be trusted to give the correct result on other data as long as that data can be verified first.


Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
One problem with using a spreadsheet or database is that it is difficult to set-up an "audit trail" and 
even if you do then it's unlikely to be trusted by anyone else that might need to see your accounts.  That is the 
advantage with using proper software developed for the purpose or for using pen&ink (ie so you can't rub-out 
entries without it being noticeable) to keep proper records.

If you don't have an accountant or auditor or present the accounts to anyone else then of course a 
database might be a LOT better than a spreadsheet, if you are at all familiar with database 
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Wed, 18/7/12, Dan <> wrote:

From: Dan <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: [] Display drop-down list in all cells in column?
Date: Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:38

Gilles wrote:

Johnny Rosenberg wrote
The easiest thing is probably to select one cell, select FOOD, hit Ctrl+c,
select all the other cells in which you want the word FOOD (using Ctrl or
Shift), hit Ctrl+v.

Thanks much for the tip. It's fast enough.

Tom wrote
How about using GnuCash?

Thanks for the idea. I know about GnuCash, but it's a bit too feature-rich
just to compute how much money I spend on what, and besides my bank no
longer provides data in CSV but rather as PDF :-/

      A database will also do what you want to do. Queries will provide you with the information 
you need. I use such a database. One query tells me the balance of all my financial accounts (9 of 
them). Two queries break down my expenses into budget categories; one is for the present month, and 
the second is for the previous month. This way I can compare expenses for the two month by 
category. Both queries have a column for the budgeted amounts for each category as well.

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