Managing a list in a spreadsheet is a great example of data that does not contain numbers, but still can be used in a spreadsheet. Great examples of spreadsheet lists include telephone, to-do, and grocery lists.
While it may be true that some of the things mentioned above could be done in a word processor, spreadsheets have a huge advantage over word processors when it comes to numbers. It would be impossible to calculate multiple numbers in a word processor and have the value of the calculation immediately appear. Spreadsheets are also much more dynamic with the data and can hide, show, and sort information to make processing lots of information easier.