Excel Spreadsheet Project Ideas


Excel spreadsheet software is part of a bundle package that usually comes standard on many new computers, along with word processing, email and other office-related programs. The benefits of this included spreadsheet program can be translated into daily household life, streamlining activities and used to help in areas such as finances and meeting goals.

Vacation Budget

  • You can use your Excel spreadsheet software to track your vacation planning budget. For example, if you know you'd like to take a cruise to Hawaii in six months, you can create a spreadsheet that tracks the amount you put away for the trip. If you have payroll deductions automatically withdrawn from your salary, enter them each time you receive your paycheck, noting the date and amount of withdrawal. Otherwise, if you add money into a special savings account for your trip throughout the year, type the amount and date into the spreadsheet. You can even record the reason for the deposit (such as if you received money for a birthday or holiday). The spreadsheet will auto-calculate your total each time you add something new so you always know just how close you are to your vacation goal.

Calorie Counting

  • Whether you're interested in tracking your calories to see how much you're getting from fiber or sugar or have a goal in mind to gain or lose weight, a spreadsheet can help you learn and collect more information. Consider making columns on the spreadsheet to type what you've consumed throughout the day (such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or fruits, vegetables, protein, starch, sweets). The spreadsheet has easy-to-use charting mechanisms where you can build pie and bar charts that show how much of your food total was spend on fats, sugars and protein. You can use online food calorie websites to look up the calories consumed, then enter them on the spreadsheet, which will keep a running calculation for each day's total count.

Holiday Gifts

  • By the time the crush of the end of year holidays arrive, you may already be frantic with a list of gifts or trying to remember who gave you gifts last year and what to get for each person. Let your spreadsheet software help you to make the time a bit merrier. Anytime throughout the year, you can add to a list of names you intend to buy gifts for, then note possible gift ideas (if you learn about their hobbies, or hear them speak of a specific restaurant). When it comes time to shop, you can use the spreadsheet to check off names (so there's no worry about purchasing two gifts for the same person and can easily look at the list to see who you have not bought for). You can even record what you've spent to help with budgeting next year. Even if you don't exchange gifts, the spreadsheet can be a world of assistance with mailing out holiday cards. Keep track of peoples' addresses, family names and who you've sent gifts to over the years with simple spreadsheet lists.

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