Best way to handle credit card payments in downloaded transactions

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  • volvogirl
    volvogirl SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    Just a small point. In one of your posts above you said QB which usually means QuickBooks not Quicken. We are talking about Quicken right? And I didn’t see you mention what version you are using.
  • Cindi Anderson
    Cindi Anderson Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020

    Just a small point. In one of your posts above you said QB which usually means QuickBooks not Quicken. We are talking about Quicken right? And I didn’t see you mention what version you are using.

    Yes, sorry about that.  I use Quickbooks a lot more than Quicken, but am talking about Quicken.  I just said latest version.  It is R8.8.  
  • Cindi Anderson
    Cindi Anderson Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020

    I didn’t understand your problem either. But Just in case you are doing it the wrong way,


    The proper way is to set up a credit card ACCOUNT and enter the charges into it when the purchase is made and assigning it to a category. Then when you pay the bill you TRANSFER the payment from your checking account to the credit card account. Then when you download the payment from the bank you match it to the one you already entered.



    When you enter the payment in your checking account you put the credit card account name in for the category using square brackets around the name to indicate it is a transfer...like this... [credit card] or newer versions have a Transfer column.



    I used to do it the wrong way for years! Then I wised up and now enter them properly. I would split my credit card payment into all the categories on one transaction in my checking account. And since I always pay more than the bill I would need to figure the difference and put it to another category. But then I needed to have them entered on the date the charges actually happened. So I finally set up a credit card account. It makes it much easier to enter and balance!

    Yes, it's sort of dumb if you value your time.  I am retired, and I learned it over time.  Although with very little effort most people could double or triple their payback.  And for many people, especially if you fly coach and mostly in the USA, high cash back cards are the best.  The highest is Alliant CU at 3% first year and then 2.5% (anyone can join the CU.)  
  • Arctic Hare (H&B 2019 Canadian)
    Arctic Hare (H&B 2019 Canadian) SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2020

    I didn’t understand your problem either. But Just in case you are doing it the wrong way,


    The proper way is to set up a credit card ACCOUNT and enter the charges into it when the purchase is made and assigning it to a category. Then when you pay the bill you TRANSFER the payment from your checking account to the credit card account. Then when you download the payment from the bank you match it to the one you already entered.



    When you enter the payment in your checking account you put the credit card account name in for the category using square brackets around the name to indicate it is a transfer...like this... [credit card] or newer versions have a Transfer column.



    I used to do it the wrong way for years! Then I wised up and now enter them properly. I would split my credit card payment into all the categories on one transaction in my checking account. And since I always pay more than the bill I would need to figure the difference and put it to another category. But then I needed to have them entered on the date the charges actually happened. So I finally set up a credit card account. It makes it much easier to enter and balance!

    By sheer coincidence, Quicken today prompted me to create a Transfer from a pair of downloaded transactions to effect a credit card payment. This is the "confirmation" prompt. Now, in this case I said "No" because this is not a credit card payment. The two transactions are unrelated. In fact, this "pair" involves a $4 charge to the credit card for parking and a $4 credit to the chequing account is a bank fee rebate. This couldn't be much further from a credit card payment.

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    I grabbed a screen shot to illustrate for you how the automation can work... but, again, I wouldn't rely on this process.
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