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Financial Software Reviews

Below you will find my opinions on a few well known financial programs.

Quicken

I know there are tons of quicken fans but, well, I'm not one of them. I was forced to try something new when my bank stopped supporting downloads to it so I thought surely this would be a great alternative. It served it's purpose for a while. In all fairness I didn't purposely set out to become an expert in it so that I could give an accurate review. It just rubbed me the wrong way I guess. When my Apple crashed because of the RAM I was forced once again to find something new.

Gnucash

I tried, really I did. Over and over again. When I finally thought I got it working, I discovered that it wouldn't download all transactions. There would always be a few that it wouldn't see. I couldn't see moving any farther with this.


Mint


You can't enter future transactions. That was a kill for me.
Update:I checked back and they now allow future transactions to be entered. I am using this now, especially since it has an app with it.

Excel/OpenOffice Calc

I finally decided to go back to the "old fashioned" way of doing things so I created my own spreadsheet and I will just manually enter/paste transactions into it. It may not seem the best solution at first but there are a couple of reasons why I think this might be what I stick with.

  • I can share the doc online, even edit from my ipad
  • I can use the file cross platforms(Mac/PC/Windows/Linux)
  • It's free!
  • It's customizable,/li>
Update:I am using Mint now