Manual Transaction Input vs. Importing?

theboyk

New Member
Hello,
I've been playing around with iCash, deciding if it's the software for me, and I'm wondering if someone could lend a little advice. I'm a little confused about the relationship between manually entering transactions vs. importing a transaction file (.csv, etc.) from my bank online.
Basically, I'll only be importing these .csv (or other) files once a month, but at the same time I'll also be manually entering transactions, etc. throughout the month (to keep on budget, etc.).
My question is, how does the relationship work between manually entering transactions and such vs. importing the data?
What I mean is, how do I go about "sorting" duplicate transactions as a result of my adding them manually throughout the month, and then the duplicates that would appear as a result the monthly importing of a downloaded transaction file?
Another related question/example would be, say I were to manually enter a transfer of $500 from my chequing account into my savings account. My savings account balance would then be $500. But, when I import the .CSV file I download for that account at the end of the month, the account balance would actually be $501 because the account incurred an interest of $1.
How do I sort this out in iCash because I'd have a manual transaction from my chequing to savings account for $500 and the account balance for the savings account would be $500, but when I import the .CSV file for the savings account, the balance is actually $501 because of the interest, plus I'd have two entries of $500 being transfered from chequing into savings.
Am I making any sense here?
Any help would be apprecaited.
Thanks,
Kristin.
 

stanbusk

Administrator
Staff member
There is no relation at all. You can add transactions manually and/or thru imports, it doesn't matter. However the quality of the data you get from a bank import is rather incomplete thus sometimes it requires some editing. I personally enter all my transactions manually because I am also using iCash as a database of all the stuff I purchase. After 5 years of use I am able to find a lot of info, not just numbers.
 

theboyk

New Member
stanbusk said:
There is no relation at all. You can add transactions manually and/or thru imports, it doesn't matter. However the quality of the data you get from a bank import is rather incomplete thus sometimes it requires some editing. I personally enter all my transactions manually because I am also using iCash as a database of all the stuff I purchase. After 5 years of use I am able to find a lot of info, not just numbers.
yea, see, that's kinda the problem for me because i do a lot of manual transactions and such in iCash, but at the same time, there's still small things i miss (like when i take $10 out at the variety store or something), and importing transactions from my bank "make up" for the forgotten transactions throughout the month.

so, basically, i'm looking for some way to sort through the manual vs. imported transactions so i don't have duplicate transactions at the end of each month?

thanks,
k.
 
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