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PearBudget and checkbooks

Question: I think that an awesome feature to add would be a way to use your budget entries to also balance your checkbook. I know that I can do it the way it is, but it would be great if that was an obvious, user-friendly feature on the site. I haven’t found any other tool […]

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Credit card statements versus receipts

Question: I have actual receipts for March, then I have the credit card statement that I paid in March (but actual receipts are for February+March). So…the money leaves my bank account when I pay the credit card statement. Question: for March, do I enter the expenditures according to the credit card statement (mostly February transactions), […]

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Question: seems to be a problem accessing Pear Budget today…is it just me or is anyone else having problems? Answer: Sorry for the downtime. We’re working on getting everything resolved ASAP. Our hosting company has been having an issue ( We’re trying to move to a new host as soon as possible, but that’s a […]

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Password reset?

Question: I cannot remember my password and it has been several hours since I was told that I would be receiving an answer via email. Answer: If you ever find yourself in this situation, shoot us an e-mail, at Chances are good that when you signed up, you either … used a different e-mail […]

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Thank you PearBudget!

Question: How is it that one spreadsheet could change my life? After using pear for a few months I began noticing funny discrepancies between my records and those of my financial institution. Needless to say I have a new bank and the start of a new financial future. Thank you PearBudget for helping me control […]

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What to do if you’re in way over your head?

A PearBudget user asked a question over at Yahoo! Answers about getting out of debt, and finding resources to help them make sense of the situation they’re in. I posted an answer there, but figured I’d re-post it here, in case it’s helpful to any of you. Their question: “Hi! I have set up a […]

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Question about monthly bills

Question: Do I enter monthly bills(i.e. utilities, mrtg) in the Receipts section or no? Answer: Yes, as long as you want to include them in your budget. Most people do. We do have a “recurring receipts” feature, where if it’s the same amount every month, you can have PearBudget enter those receipts in for you. […]

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Categories rolling over

Question: Have you ever thought of making monthly budget categories roll over to the next month if they were not used? Or if you have extra cash at the end of a month, include it as income in the following month? Answer: We have, and we plan to. We try to not say too much […]

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How do I change budget amounts?

Question: How can we change the amounts in individual budget categories? There doesn’t seem to be a way to do that. Answer: Just go to the Plan page, and you’ll see your categories. Each one should have a row, and in the row should be a box with the current month’s planned amount in it. […]

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Number of categories?

Question: Hello, I’d really like to start using your excellent program, but am wondering if there’s any way to increase the number of categories for fixed and irregular expenses? I have a lot more than the default number of categories. Thank you Answer: It depends on whether you’re talking about the web version or the spreadsheet […]

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