Some time ago I saw a post about how one organization was or was considering using Civi to track not only income but to also track expenses (e.g., to track expenses against a campaign so that revenue less expenses would give true campaign net). We are interested in this, so that our board could use Civi to see revenue and expenses and not have to worry about any access to QuickBooks and reduce me having to prepare financials for them from QuickBooks. My thought would be that an expense might be a specific financial type such that a user could exclude that financial type to get revenue only, include it along with other revenue financial types to get the total picture, or include only the expense financial type to see expenses.
All that being said, I have searched high and low and can't find that post. I can't recall if it was from the CiviCRM blogs (again - looked/searched but couldn't find) or some other blog. I also searched here on Stack and couldn't find it. I did find a post about tracking scholarships disbursed (How to manage a scholarship fund?). That helps some, but curious about the entry itself (which was mentioned in the post I can't find).
Anyone recall seeing that post? Or, anyone using Civi to track expenses as well as revenue? If so, I would love to know how you are handling (i.e., how recording in CiviContribute, etc. -- presumably to get net raised as revenue less expenses the expenses must be entered as a negative amount, and whether a "generic" contact was created for payments [i.e., used as the "vendor"]). FWIW, I'm on Civi 4.6.11 and WP, but since this is not CRM specific, this is a more global question and more of a way of thinking out-of-the box on how Civi is setup and typically used.