Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
In the Name of Allah,
Master Fard Muhammad,
The Beneficent, The Most Merciful Saviour and Deliverer
To We, The Lost and Found Members of The Aboriginal Black Nation
In the Wilderness of North America
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dearly Beloved Beautiful Black Sisters!
We are charged with the responsibility of Keeping House. This does not just mean keeping the house clean and orderly. Keeping house also includes ensuring the house is run smoothly, efficiently and effectively.
Our husbands are responsible for providing the finances to maintain the house, however, we are responsible for doing everything to keep the house maintained. Our husband makes sure there is money in the bank, but it is our responsibility to make sure his money is wisely spent on everything and only things necessary for the upkeepment of the house. (English just doesn’t suffice! So, I coined “upkeepment.” You probably say I could just use “upkeep” but that’s like a noun and I wanted an ongoing process)
We must keep accurate records of every penny we spend, so that a.) We are always ready to present to our husband a detailed outline of where and how his money is being spent and b.) We can better prepare ourselves for future spending by knowing exactly how much is spent and on what.
There is a big push by utilities and other services for us to switch to paper-less billing. I am old-fashioned and have been keeping records on paper for the past four years. However, as I am becoming more comfortable with computers, I am making preparations to do all of my bookkeeping on the computer.
One way I am preparing is by learning the program EXCEL.
At the end of every month, I have been manually computing all of my spending by keeping track of all receipts and bills in a 2-inch 3-ring binder. I separate my spending into categories, i.e. Food, Non-Food Products, Services, Bills, etc.
**Single Sisters should also keep accurate records of spending to help with budgeting and to identify and eliminate any areas where waste is occurring. And, so you will be prepared when Allah Blesses you with a husband.
Learning EXCEL will make bookkeeping easier. I have already started learning it and have already been able to use some of the keyboard shortcuts that I didn’t know previously. (Hakim and I love “Control + Z” 😉 ) I can’t wait to see exactly how much easier learning this program will help with accounting. Here is the link to the EXCEL Tutorial.
If you use EXCEL with your record-keeping, please comment and share some of your experiences with your Sisters, who may be “newbies” (like me!). Thank-you!
So, I’ve been using Excel for about a year now, and I honestly don’t know HOW I ever got by without it!
It makes my accounting 1000 per cent easier.
I have made a template that I use every month.
I JUST GO THROUGH ALL OF MY RECEIPTS, FILL IN THE CELLS AND LET EXCEL DO THE MATH. NOW, IF YOU CAN LEARN EXCEL, IT WILL MAKE YOUR BOOKKEEPING A BREEZE!