How to Handle a "Special" Transaction

Each month I receive and deposit a check from my Mother-In-Law, and I deposit it into my checking account. Then I immediately remove the same amount in cash from the same account in the particular denominations that she wants. I would prefer that those two transactions not appear as income and expense, respectively, in my Quicken reports. How should I record this?
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  • Bob_L
    Bob_L SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    One way is to just create an income category called CheckCashing.  Then categorize both the deposit and withdrawal to that category.  When reports are run just exclude the CheckCashing category.

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  • Tom Young
    Tom Young SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Bob_L 's suggestion will certainly work fine, unless the deposit and disbursement happen to span an "ending" period - month end, year end, etc.  I'd use a "clearing" Account - an asset of liability as you see fit - that will keep those transactions completely away from all Spending reports without having to create a new Category.
  • q_lurker
    q_lurker SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    A consideration with respect to @Tom Young would be reconciling your checking account and whether your bank shows those transactions but you choose to not include them in your register.  

    I think my approach might be to categorize both transactions to the [Checking] account you are using.  It then might depend on how your specific report is set to include/exclude various transfers.  The standard Income/Expense by Category defaults to Exclude Internal transfers which seems to be what you would want.  
  • Tom Young
    Tom Young SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    You seem to be indicating that I proposed making the deposit and disbursement in the clearing Account?.  That certainly isn't what I had in mind.  I just proposed using a clearing Account as the offsets to the deposits and disbursements recorded in the checking Account instead of using a Category.
  • q_lurker
    q_lurker SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Tom Young said:
    You seem to be indicating that I proposed making the deposit and disbursement in the clearing Account?.  That certainly isn't what I had in mind.  I just proposed using a clearing Account as the offsets to the deposits and disbursements recorded in the checking Account instead of using a Category.
    Yes, you are correct.  I did misinterpret your suggestion. Apologies

    You were suggesting 
    Bank deposit of $x with Category = [Clearing Acct] effectively that the money came from the clearing account.
    then 
    Bank withdrawal of $x with Category = [Clearing Acct] effectively sending the money back to the clearing account.
    Clearing account starts with and ends with $0.  Two transactions in the checking account register.


      
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