Apps/Software similar to Quicken Essential

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by PrincessV, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. PrincessV macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    Need a little help finding an APP similar to Quicken Essential. I’ve used Quicken for Windows & like it. One of the better features is the “Debt Reduction Plan”. When setting up the plan, it considers many variables (highest interest, lowest debt) & set up a plan that’s pretty easy to follow and manual adjustments can be made. After setting up credit card accounts, you can set up the reduction plan and as you enter your credit card payments, it tracks the “reductions”.

    After some research, I found that the Quicken Essential for MAC does not offer the Debt reduction plan. Are there any similar Apps out there with this feature?

    I don’t need anything fancy, because I’m not tracking major investments, rental property or business transactions.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you!
  2. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    I will just throw this out there-

    get a copy of vmware fusion(or parallels desktop) and then install Quicken (you will also need a copy of windows to do the installation as well). The reality is that there is no app as close to the quality of quicken for windows on the Mac. There are a few (youneedabudget, ibank, moneywell that may do what you need), but they all fall short. I know that this method is more expensive but it is the best solution in my opinion.
  3. PrincessV thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012

    Thanks for answering! This maybe a little over my head since I just recently moved over to iMac :eek:

    I checked each of the Apps you mentioned & still feel more comfortable with Quicken.

    Thanks again!
  4. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    I have been a Quicken user for probably 25 years and until recently have been running it on my mbp using Parallels. Finally got tired of having to maintain both Windows 7 and Parallels (you need to rebuy it every 2-3 years because it will quick working after a few OSX updates). Also got tire of having to boot Windows and wait for that (slow). So I moved to a native Mac app called Moneydance. It's pretty close to Quicken but not quite there. If you need high power stuff like investment management you will be disappointed but for basics, I have found it very adequate. They have a free trial that lets you use it as long as you want but a maximum of 100 entries. That was more than enough to decide. It's not as polished as Quicken but I haven't found anything I like better than Moneydance.
  5. cityhopper macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2013
    I cannot speak for experience but I'm new to the Mac's and needed a Quicken/Intuit solutions. iBank seems to match up well against Quicken or You Need A Budget software. iBank data can be transferred to TurboTax. Like iBank, there are other solutions that also have iPad/iPhone sibling apps.
  6. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    If Quicken is the only Windows application you need to run, you have a reasonable alternative in Wine ( or

    I am currently running Quicken 2013 (for Windows) using Wine.

    I've tried all the Mac-based personal finance applications (including Quicken for Mac), they all fall way short of the Windows version of Quicken, particularly in handling more complex investment accounts.

    I also use (which is owned by Intuit, the makers of Quicken), particularly for daily cash flow budgeting. At some point, when the folks get their act together and can handle more complex investment accounts, I will ditch Quicken forever.

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