Spreadsheet: A table of rows and columns, free for the entry of data, or formulae for calculating actions on those data. Each row or column is said to contain many 'cells' and these cells serve as 'homes' for every shred of information.
When VisiCalc hit the scene back in the eighties (in the last century), the relatively small group of Apple II users went crazy. It was like manna from heaven for the poor accountants, scientists and engineers who were used to filling in enormous analysis sheets with a pencil. Now, they could use VisiCalc to do the same task, AND calculate the result automatically.
Many spreadsheet applications nowadays have functionality above and beyond the traditional, offering a variety of charts, look-up tables, databases and more functionality than can be mentioned here.
Most spreadsheet applications have built in formulas and functions that will do the math for you so you don't have to. You can keep a running balance of your accounts and you can have each category totaled as well. You can keep it as simple or make it as sophisticated as you please.
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