Where do I start?

I'm sure this has been and probably will continued to be asked, but when it comes to planning and budgeting, my wife and I have multiple savings accounts that we use for different things and are wondering how to work with that in Quicken using the planning tools. We have automatic transfers for things like vacations, kids' college, other kids' things, etc. I don't have the full grasp of Quicken quite yet and was hoping someone could help me on this issue and point me in a good direction for training on this program so i can learn the ins and outs properly.

Thank you so much for your help!

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  • So I did add the savings accounts as you mentioned, but the problem I'm having is understanding the budgeting/planning part. I am missing how to (for the lack of better terms) tie transactions/transfers to a savings goal (or planning goal), or when running a report, seeing how we are doing financially after all the savings goals are in place.

    The other issue is just wanting to put "x" amount per bi-weekly paycheck away rather than a finite goal within "y" amount of months/years.

    Thanks, btw. I appreciate the help so far! I'm going to check out the FAQ list now.
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2020
    As far as budgeting is concerned, add your savings accounts to the budget.
    Using Manage Budget Categories, add the accounts using both Transfers In and Transfers Out. This enables you to see, in Transfers In, how much you're contributing to your Vacation budget and, in Transfers Out, how much you're withdrawing when you pay for your Vacation expenses (by transferring money from Vacation savings to Checking)

    OTOH, since I don't use separate savings accounts to actually squirrel money away, I just have a Vacation budget category. I also don't use the Savings Goal function of Quicken. Too lazy ...
    Every month I budget, e.g., $200 for Vacation expenses. The category is defined to roll over unused amounts to the next month(s), even across year boundaries. So, over time, a good amount of unused budget becomes available.
    When I finally do get to go on Vacation, all expense transactions are recorded with Category = Vacation, reducing the available rollover amount.
  • Why are the FAQ's leading to a "Page not found" page?
  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Why are the FAQ's leading to a "Page not found" page?
    That tends to happen when a moderator moves or archives a post.
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