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I'm new to this whole "do your own banking" thing. My dad has always done it, and is still helping, but I'm starting to do much of it myself. So is there a good program that is simply just to keep track of stuff? I mean like bank accounts, pin numbers and what not?
Three components make up all the software you'll ever need:
I'm glad I could help!
and/or excel but I guess you knew that...
you could try QuickBooks, but that's a lot more information than most people use/need.
nice part is you can download financial information from most banks/credit card companies. that way you can track what your money is being spent on, and where it's going.
That ones for you Brad ;)
I mostly just wanted to keep track of bank account numbers and such. I guess excel would work, I just didn't know if there were any programs specifically for that type of thing people could recommend. Thanks.
I've used both Quicken, and then QuickBooks, since Quicken 2.0.
In my opinion Quicken was better in the old DOS 4.x-5.x days. It was cleaner, more stable with far less intrusive options.
Quicken uses "Single Entry" accounting, which is basically what we are all used to with our checkbooks. (When we used checkbooks.)
QuickBooks uses "Double Entry" accounting, which is standard for business use as it provides for accrual of outstanding invoices. (Who but an Accountant would think "Double Entry" is an Accounting term?)
For basic home accounting go with Quicken. It will link to your Bank, via the Net, and reconcile accounts automatically.
QuickBooks is in my opinion a pain in the ass to learn and is overkill for your purposes.
If I was going to buy a copy of Quicken, I'd go to Costco. Or, order from Costco over the Net.
I use Money 2004 in VPC. Quicken 2004 for Mac blows chunks. Money is actually a decent program, if you can believe it. It's the only reason I keep VPC around. And with my 1.25gb of RAM, it's pretty usable now.
Anyone use ibank (http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibank/index.php)
Had a play with quicken and didnt like. Im using the ibank trial and not sure wether to pay the $25 for it.
Any feedback would be great.
Well, for free there's always GnuCash (http://www.gnucash.org). The Mac OS X version is available via fink (in the unstable tree, I believe).
Granted, I've never used finance/banking software; so, I don't know how well GnuCash ranks.
Well, my fiancée and I have been using Quicken 2005 (Mac) for our finances over the past couple of months and it's worked without any problems for us.
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