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Plan payments and savings by using financial formulas

Use financial formulas to plan payments and savings
Learn how to use Microsoft® Excel formulas to figure out payments, savings, and other financial numbers.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to use formulas to figure out:

  • How much you would need to spend on monthly payments such as mortgage or car payments.
  • How much you would need to save in order to accumulate a specific amount by a certain point in time.
  • How much of a down payment you would need to make, for monthly payments to equal a particular amount.
  • How much you would gain over time on a specific amount of savings.

Before you begin

You should complete the course Audio course: Get to know Excel: Enter formulas, or you should already be familiar with Excel formulas, functions, cell references, and function arguments.

How much will you need each month for your mortgage or car payment? How much could you save by paying off a credit card balance in two years instead of four years? How much should you save each month, and how long would it take, to pay for college tuition or a vacation? How much could you gain on your savings over a period of time? In this course you'll learn how Excel formulas can quickly figure out what you must pay and what you need to save.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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