Good budgeting software?

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    What I basically want to do is a software that basically divides my single bank account into multiple "accounts." Basically I'd assign some money to go into those accounts (which would be for something, for instance, "New MacBook Pro Fund" or whatnot).

    Is there such software? Is that basically what Quicken/QuickBooks does (I've never used those before)? I don't want to buy Quicken/QuickBooks if it is - I hate Intuit.

    So... any suggestions/recommendations? If it has the ability to pull information from my bank, that'd be great, too.
     
  2. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

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    I believe that ChaChing might be close to what you're looking for. Not fancy, but you can make your own accounts and it's not by Intuit. ;)
     
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  4. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    I tried ChaChing and don't really like it... it's a bit confusing, and what's up with the "master vault"? And in my account, it doesn't actually tell me how much money I have right now. Just a list of transactions. A bit useless.

    And it'd be nice if there's a program that can download and sync my transactions. You know, like MobileMe ;)
     
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Unfortunately your requirements sound a lot like the features of Quicken, which you have indicated you do not want to use. Perhaps search around VersionTracker some more, but I am not aware of any other apps of this nature.
     
  6. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Ugh, I do hate Intuit, but that Financial Life seems nice, like they're actually trying a little this time. Does Financial Life have bank account online syncing?
     
  7. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    Try Budget ( http://www.snowmintcs.com/products/index.php )
    Available for the Mac and Windoze and works on the envelope budgeting model. It costs a few dollars/pounds but you can try before you buy. I ended up using MoneyDance but only because I am taking a different approach, not because Budget wasn't any good.

    Hope this helps,
    Craig.
     
  8. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Wow, Budget is neat. It's pretty close to what I want.

    Unfortunately it doesn't have online syncing, so it just makes it too cumbersome, which will eventually mean abandonment by me. I need it to be easy and sync'd so I'd actually be inclined to use it.
     
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  10. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,
    You can import QIF files so wouldn't that allow you to load up bank transactions? Depends on your bank allowing you to download QIF files but mine certainly does.

    Cheers,
    Craig.
     
  11. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah, but you have to go online, login into their online banking, then click a few links to get the download. And you have to do this every time you need it to sync. It's not "live" you know?
     
  12. andypullen macrumors member

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    iBank 3

    Check out iBank 3 from IGG Software... my wife and I use it instead of Quicken. I don't know if it would automatically budget for you though. You could buy some envelopes and put cash in them.
     
  13. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I realise that, it's what I do every week... :)
    To be honest I'm not comfortable with a program which can automatically access my bank account. I like to be the one who logs in using my security info. Maybe I'm old fashioned...

    I think you're going to struggle to find everything you want in one package to be honest but good luck all the same.

    Cheers,
    Craig.
     
  14. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Heh, I've thought about doing the real life envelope thing :D Maybe I'll do that after all.

    I've tried iBank, I'm very impressed, it's better than all the others I've tried, and it has online syncing too. I couldn't get it to work, but it's there. Not bad, but still seems not as efficient as the real life envelope thing. ;)
     
  15. Feverish Flux macrumors regular

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    That's EXACTLY how Money Well works - go check it out!
     
  16. wnxgenral macrumors 6502

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    I'm suprised noone has said this yet but I'm a big fan of iBank! Google it! Its a great financial application for OSX!
     
  17. alerman macrumors newbie

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    BudgetJax

    Hey try this out. I plan to only make it better. It is a very pre alpha version but I think it will work for you.

    Basically, the multiple accounts you were talking about would be new categories

    I think it should work for you, comment or email wiith questions

    http://adamlerman.blogspot.com/2008/07/budgetjax.html
     
  18. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I've not seen this particular method of budgeting: I've been using MS Money and others for years and they are organized around actual bank accounts. But with that system you could create accounts to represent your savings goals.

    Or you can use Excel or Numbers and do this easily. Have a spreadsheet with your total savings amount and then have the various savings and expense categories and divide up your total savings into those. Use the "sum" function to make sure everything adds up correctly.
     
  19. peterdevries macrumors 68040

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    iBank is the app that I have found to be the closest to Quicken functionality. It also has a great design if you place any importance into that.
     
  20. daggyo macrumors newbie

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    4DBudget?

    Simple and without enveloping. It's not necessary to move to IT world all things from real.
    Here is a web site, and a link to Mac App Store.
     
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    Holy necrobump!
     

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