Suppose you have an accounting blog .. like .. HART (1-800-HART) … and you want to show off your accounting knowledge ….
READER: Dear HART … I just purchased a new car that was financed over 3 years, for $25,000.00 .. I put down $3,000.00 which included the first month’s loan payment of $500.00. What’s my journal entry?
HART (1-800-HART): Congratulations on your new purchase .. I hope you have many years enjoyment with your new car. Here’s how to “book” the journal entry into your accounting records.
(1) DR. AUTOMOBILES
CR. CAR LOAN (Down Pmt)
DR. CAR LOAN (1st Pmt)
CR. BANK ACCOUNT / CASH
NEAT .. EH?
It’s all in the presentation … I could have easily just posted something like this …
DEBIT: Automobile $25,000.00
CREDIT: Car Loan ($22,000.00)
CREDIT: Bank Account/Cash ($3,000.00)
… but didn’t it look nicer with the colors and the debits and credits lined up like the first example? Of course it did! However .. it is quite a feat to reproduce the code for that – everytime you wanted to make a journal entry. The code makes use of tables. So .. this is how I do it here at http://1800HART.com/blog/ ..
I have several DRAFT articles with templates that I like to use over and over .. just in case. I never post them. I just have them saved up there in my blog – for use in the future when I need it. It’s the same thing with this code. I know it’s not fancy, but I have created a table and have this code inside a ready-made post that is my template to make:
* The Header (with Journal Entry, Debit and Credit headings)
* The Debit column (in a green variation color)
* The Credit column (in a pale orange variation color)
In the above case, my template only has the one debit and credit, but because I needed two more credits in my answer, I just copy/paste that again and again below the original code.
You’re Welcome To Use This Code For Your Own Blog
I have copied my template and put a little instructions inside it .. into a text file. You are welcome to take this template and use it for your own purposes. You are also free to pass it along (because itâ€™s not that big of a deal), although I hope that you remember where you got the idea and give me credit Maybe stroke my EGO here, and give me a blog comment to let me know that you have taken this template. Better yet â€¦. Did you redesign it? You don’t have to use my colours .. I would like to see your new design .. Why donâ€™t you link me your blog posts that uses this code!
I just used EDITPAD to create this text file … I would suggest opening it in another text program like Notepad, Editpad, etc etc .. and not Microsoft Word or other program that might massage it a little. (You just never know)
1800HART_Template_How-to-enter-accounting-columns.txt â€”-> Just SAVE TARGET AS to Disk .. and open in Notepad .. then copy it manually into a sample blog post. I’m not sure it will even display properly in a browser.
NOTE: This is part of Darren Rowse’s Problogger Group Writing Project with the theme “HOW TO”. Participants may be eligible to earn or win a random prize graciously provided by his readers. This is the second group writing project that I have entered .. (the first for the theme “LISTS” called Three Reasons Why I Might Be Poor When I Retire over on my And You Retire Blog. If you know “HOW TO” do something special or unique or anything really (just know how to write in your blog!) .. check out Problogger
If someone reading this can create something with CSS .. I would be interested in seeing your code and testing it out! 🙂