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Importing statements from Jetstar Platinum Credit Card / Macquarie Bank into MS Money OFX format

With my having several accounts both in Australia and the UK for savings, credit cards, etc., I use MS Money to try and keep track of everything. I actually started using it when it supported online updates from Nationwide, and even though that is long gone (and even imports are a pain), I continue to use it.

However – now that I’ve got my shiny new Jetstar Platinum card with my Qantas FF points, I now want to import my card spend into Money. I really want to, because I still want to use that data in MS Money to categorise my spending and keep track of each category. But with Macquarie (Jetstar card’s provider) providing two completely useless formats – PDF statement, or just the ‘recent transactions’ web page – and no numerical format (OFX, or even CSV), how could I do this.

Well… what I got to work is this:

 

First, I view my statement on the web page, and copy and paste it into Excel. This actually works pretty well, in terms of reading text and values into different cells.

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Note where I select it – the entire table, including headers.

This is what it looks like in Excel:

 

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Now – I can’t share all my bank details, obviously, but you can hopefully make out that it maintains most of the structure… but each transaction is two rows, the bottom one being a transaction ID or something. Also, the value is split out into 2 fields: the first number is whole dollars, and the second one is cents.

So – I feed this into a sheet that uses formulae to remove the spaces, and get the dollar and cents in one cell. Again, heavily obfuscated:

 

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From there, I need to convert from CSV to OFX. It turns out there’s a workbook for that, with a macro to do the conversion. I actually moved my sheets into this macro workbook, so that I can reference across from start to end in one workbook, without having to copy/paste data between different workbooks.Image

Again, obfuscated, but nice and neat. I have manually set the credits (ie. bill payments) as negative in the previous sheet, and added a formula to read those into the ‘credit’ column in this sheet.

 

I press the macro button, and that spits out an OFX file.

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Now I can simply double-click this to load into MS Money.

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The first time, it asked me to select the account to import into, but it then seemed to remember this for future imports.

I also tweaked and assumed a few things, including:

  • Setting my own card, account, etc. number.
  • Assuming the statement start/end date to be the first/last transaction date in that set (it uses a max/min function to get these values)
  • Concatenating name fields to 32 characters in the formulae (a limit in OFX)

There are also problems; I have to manually tweak the credits, since the formula to do this automatically is beyond my mind’s capabilities at the moment.

Anyway, I’ve created a few copy of that sheet, that I can post if anyone might find it useful.

 

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