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Cost Accounting For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-45381-0
408 pages
February 2013
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Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding the Fundamentals of Costs  7

Chapter 1: So You Want to Know about Cost Accounting 9

Chapter 2: Brushing Up on Cost Accounting Basics 19

Chapter 3: Using Cost-Volume-Profi t Analysis to Plan Your Business Results 31

Chapter 4: Estimating Costs with Job Costing 47

Chapter 5: More Activity, More Cost: Activity-Based Costing 65

Part II: Planning and Control  81

Chapter 6: What’s the Plan, Stan? Budgeting for a Better Bottom Line 83

Chapter 7: Constant Change: Variance Analysis 103

Chapter 8: Focusing on Overhead Costs125

Chapter 9: What’s on the Shelf? Inventory Costing 139

Part III: Making Decisions  159

Chapter 10: Cost Drivers and Cost Estimation Methods 161

Chapter 11: Making Smart Business Decisions with Relevant Information 173

Chapter 12: Making Smart Pricing Decisions: Figuring Total Costs 193

Part IV: Allocating Costs and Resources  211

Chapter 13: Analysis Methods to Improve Profitability 213

Chapter 14: Behind the Scenes: Accounting for Support Costs and Common Costs 231

Chapter 15: Joint Costs, Separable Costs, and Using Up the Leftovers 255

Chapter 16: Tracing Similar Products with Process Costing 271

Part V: Considering Quality Issues  293

Chapter 17: What a Waste! Getting the Most from Spoilage, Scrap, and Reworked Products 295

Chapter 18: Making Smart Ordering Decisions 317

Chapter 19: Quality: Building a Better Mousetrap 337

Part VI: The Part of Tens  355

Chapter 20: Ten Common Costing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 357

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Increase Profits Using Costing 363

Index 367

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