Let’s say that you have list of account numbers and amounts.

Let’s assume that all the accounts that start with 4190 are “Admin Expenses”, and all the accounts that start with 4570 are “Maint. Supplies”. There is a way to summarize these with the sumif formula, and wild cards. Here’s how.

Below our list add 4190??, 4570??, and 4580??. The question mark character is our wild card.

In the C column…to the right of our category descriptions, enter the formula “**=SUMIF($A$2:$A$17,A20,$C$2:$C17)**”

Remember to use the $ in the formula so that when you copy it, it keeps the ranges intact.

The final result…with total added to match our total above.