Personal Finance App

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 06Honda, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. 06Honda macrumors regular

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    Looking for a free app for personal finance. Need it for basic general budget tracking and expenses. Do not need it for banking or investments.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It is not an app, but the web service Mint.com will do the basics like you want for free.
     
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    Mint.com is a great service too. I've used it before.

    An actual app, which is highly rated, but expensive, is YNAB (You Need A Budget).
     
  4. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    Ynab

    I can't say enough about YNAB. It's a fabulous budgeting tool, vastly superior to any other tool I've tried. The entire paradigm of planning and spending is different with YNAB. It takes a slight bit of adjustment getting used to a new way of thinking about spending, but once you've made that mind switch, it's hard to imagine how any other financial tool could compare.

    YNAB has a weakness in that it's not superb at tracking investments, retirement, etc.,. It's way more about spending within your means in a way that's not only painless but also enjoyable.
     
  5. Cythth macrumors regular

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    For the basic stuff that you want, and at your "price", Mint.com is the way to go. I personally use Quicken Essentials and like it (I know I'm in the minority with that opinion, so save the flames).
     
  6. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    Mint is a good tool if you are looking for the basics and it being free.

    I also like Quicken Essentials and have been using it for a few years now. It does all the basics that I need. I've tried other apps like iBank 5 and although it has sme nice features, I think Quicken is just easier and straightforward. Save the flames, Quicken Essentials is a very good program. I just bought a new iMac in April and bought Quicken Essentials a second time, this time from the Mac App Store since my original copy was on a CD and the iMac does not have a disc drive. Since it was a program I use daily I didn't mind spending the money for it a second time around. I just wish they had an iOS version to sync with.
     
  7. Cythth macrumors regular

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    Definitely agree. Intuit needs to invest a little more effort in the Mac version. The Windows version apparently has the ability to sync to mobile devices.
     
  8. 06Honda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Awesome feedback, will check both of them out. Thanks.
     
  9. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

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    Quicken 2007 for Mac (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mt. Lion and Mavericks) is available for only $15 download from Intuit and is full featured; not the stripped down Quicken Essentials:
     
  10. jahlinux macrumors member

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    I also use Quicken Essentials and really like it. A big update is in the works and I'm looking forward to it. Give Quicken Essentials a try.
     

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