in 2012 how do I manually enter actual expenses in categories next to the budgeted expenses in categories without linking my bank accounts online to quicken?

In previous Quicken editions there was only a column for the budgeted amount, I would like to take advantage of the actual expense monthly column for year over year comparisons, but cannot figure out how to manually put totals in for such categories as utilities which vary from month to month. I can manually adjust monthly budgeted amounts by using the advanced budget setup view.


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The "actual amounts" in all budgets come from the transactions in your accounts.  If you put in a transactions for $100 and select a category of clothing then that is going to show up of that month, against clothing.

The amounts you change in the Advanced Budget are for setting up the budget, not for entering what you spent.  That was true of the budgets in the other versions of Quicken too.

As for setting up a budget for things that vary.  Well that is pretty much up to you.  You can try to budget different amounts using "Specific", or you can just select to put in an average and know that some months you might a bit over, but they it will work out by another month where you spent less.

When in the Budget screen with graphs you can set the time period to year to date, and see if that averaging is really working.

Also you mention year over year spending.  Well budgets are only for 12 months, so I don't think you can really compare them short of just printing out different reports for different years and looking at them.
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