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A Better Excel Checkbook Register – New for January 2024

I originally shared my Microsoft Excel Checkbook Register in 2019 as an alternative to Quicken. Since then, I have received lots of positive feedback on YouTube which has helped inspire ongoing enhancements.

“I mistakenly thought that Excel would have a simple and easy to use checkbook register template. Not so! They offer one but it was extremely frustrating to use. However, your spreadsheets were extremely easy to use and I thank you very, very much for sharing your expertise!” (John J.)

  • (New for 2024!) Manage up to 5 different bank accounts
  • Easily categorize each entry to track spending by category
  • See a visual reminder at the top of each register with current balance and last check number entered
  • (New for 2024!) Enjoy two ways to reconcile your checkbook with your bank statement
  • Gain the ability to post recurring transactions to your register with a single click
  • Track and visually graph your progress for paying down your credit card debt
  • View your spending with the revamped dashboard (New for 2024!) which displays charts for deposits/withdrawals by month or year, expenses by category and sub-category, and buttons to filter your data by year, month, register and/or category

Compatibility Note: this Excel template is compatible with Excel 2013 or higher (Mac and Windows)

You can record transactions for five different bank accounts. Those can be any combination of checking, savings and/or credit card accounts — anything that has transactions with dates and dollar amounts.

Post Future Transactions with a One-Click Button

This feature makes it super quick to post your recurring transactions into your checkbook with a single button click. In other words, you can create a list of expenses that you have every month, and when you want to paste them into your register, you can click a button and all of them will get entered!

Why is this handy? I like to keep an eye on my bottom line. How much money will I have at the end of the month before I get paid again? By putting in those future expenses, it helps me see how much money I’ll likely have later in the month.

Reconcile Transactions

If you need to reconcile your transactions against your monthly bank statement, there are two different features to make that task easy. The first feature will show you the total dollar amount of withdrawals, deposits and checks that you have already entered into your spreadsheet for the date range specified. This is often all that is needed to confirm you have everything entered correctly.

When needed, you can also review each transaction against your monthly bank statement. As you mark each one with an “R”, the screen will subtract each amount from the totals displayed.

Financial Dashboard

Totally revamped for 2024, the new dashboard consolidates all of your bank accounts to a single dashboard. There are filter buttons to easily focus in on a particular year, month, category and/or to focus on a specific account.

Track Your Progress on Reducing Card Debts

If you would like to visually track your progress on paying off credit card balances or other personal loans on a single dashboard screen, this sheet makes it easy to update your card balances each month in order to visually track your efforts.


  1. Ranger2020

    Looking good… couple of things.

    – I assume no issues with Excel 2021 on Mac OS? Curious if you tested it.
    – Is the Excel Checkbook Register January 2024 VBA locked/password protected? Just in case I need to make some changes. Most likely going to pay for this. It appears to be well worth it.


    • Logan

      Hi there,
      While I have tested it on Mac OS, I have not tested it specifically on Excel 2021 but I have intentionally gone with formulas and functions that are supported in Excel 2016 or newer. The VBA is not locked or password protected, so if you’d like to make changes, you are welcome to do so!

      • Gary Michael Cvitanovich

        I am not using Excel 2021, but MS Office 365 Mac Version 16.81, and the workbook works excellently. I was disgusted with YNAB when I ran across your YouTube video and purchased a copy; I love your work! I am reasonably experienced in Excel; I am not an MVP but pretty good. I need to add eight register tabs and look into the power query editor. I also realized that with Excel, I added a column to my register, and using the Excel Link function, I linked my receipts that I keep on Google Drive. It works great!

        • Logan

          Hi Gary, thank you for the note and sorry for the delayed response. I was working to move all of my Excel related content to a new site at

          I hope to do a short video in the near future on how to add more registers to an existing copy.

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