It's That Time Of Year Again!
If you love analyzing numbers (and chances are if you are a fan of this website you do), then I am sure you can relate that your skill of tracking digits carries over to your home life as well. I am so excited to share with you one of my personal Excel trackers that I use to keep a close eye on my Christmas present spending. It comes complete will a nifty Christmas-themed dashboard so you can instantly know how you are doing throughout the holiday season. I think you will enjoy having this simple tracking spreadsheet and hopefully you'll be able to keep your spending under control this Christmas season!
An Awesome Status Dashboard
Dashboards seem to be all the rage currently and it's very easy to understand why -- they can instantly tell you the story behind your data. Below is what my Christmas expense tracking template dashboard looks like.
Two Simple Tables To Track Your Progress
I like keeping things simple, because who really wants to spend all their time creating a bunch of data points that aren't really that important. With my present tracking template you have two tables to populate.
The first one (on the left) lets you set a budget for each one of your friends & family members who will be receiving a Christmas gift from you this year.
The second table (on the right) is where you will record how much you have spent on each person.
Both of these tables feed into your dashboard, allowing you to have a visualization of your data in real-time!
All Graphics Made With Only Excel Shapes
OK...this may not be a cool feature, but I just wanted to highlight that you can make beautiful icons and graphics without super expensive software. And it's REALLY EASY! If you are curious how the any of the graphics are made, you can simply unprotect the dashboard (Review Tab > Unprotect Sheet -- there is no password) and see for yourself how they were created. Below is a breakdown of how I made the reindeer.
Get Yourself A Copy Now!
It is super easy to download this Excel template. You will just need to provide me with your email address within the form below and the file download will be instantly sent to your inbox. The email subject line should say "You Got Christmas Spending Tracker!"
While I am offering this template for free, I inevitably always get people who want to chip in a few bucks as a thank you. So it's up to you, you can keep the price at $0 or pay whatever you want :) You have the option to pay via credit card or PayPal.
What Do You Think?
As this is a personal template, I would love to get you input on how to make it better. Also, if you notice any bugs please let me know in the comments section below. I will always update this post with the latest version as well as record what the latest version is (see above). I look forward to your feedback :)
Have a Merry Christmas!!!
Chris "Macro" Newman