How to write a budget spreadsheet in Excel that is totally honest, yet deeply misleading.
It's all about framing, and making the reader buy into your assumptions. Like so many things, I guess.
Random tip: never accept a budget in pdf. Or, accept it, but politely ask to see the raw Excel file. "Oh, it's all complicated and ugly" -- yes, well. That's what you made me this nice lovely .pdf file for, right? Rest assured that I'll base all my decisions on it. But eccentric that I am, I want to see all the rows and columns, unhidden, and the formulas too. Humor me.
Ahem. Little loopy here... a week of late hours.
May get back to blogging (and responding to e-mails, returning phone calls, etc.) in a day or two. Meanwhile, Excel: mighty servant or terrible master? Talk amongst yourselves.