Personal finance software - please help quickly

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SirJ, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. SirJ macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Hey everyone

    I currently don't really have a computer. I'm borrowing a PowerBook from someone but will give it back when I get a MacBook after SL is released

    Currently, I can get Peachtree at staples for free after rebates. Problem - only runs on windows. I do have an XP disc but I've heard that starting paralles/fusion can be a pain.

    First - is that true?

    Second - what other mac native apps are there for personal finance stuff (not sure but peachtree is somewhat overkill for managing bank accounts/checkbooks right?).

    Thanks I really appreciate any help you can give.
  2. ericvmazzone macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2008
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Quicken for Mac, Quicken Online, Moneydance are all personal finance applications.

    Quicken for Mac is outdated and has a few bugs. Quicken Online is free but also has some limitations. Moneydance is available for Windows, Linux and Mac, one license and it will work on all three OS's. Moneydance also has regular updates.

    Peachtree is not suitable for Personal Finance, it is an Accounting program for business use. It could get very confusing.
  3. jmbill macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2008
    I use MoneyWell:

    - Easy to use
    - Import and export data
    - Superb customer service
    - Stable and reliable
    - Excellent value for money

    (I'm not affiliated, I just think MoneyWell rocks).
  4. hacksaw-C87 macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    Birmingham England
    Firstly, It's very easy to get Parallels/VMWare Fusion going. Whether or not you enjoy the experience is a different question. I personally don't like running Windows in parallel, I only run it for occasional gaming. There are good finance options on the Mac.

    Secondly, these programs are iFinance, My Money, Money 2.3 etc. A whole host of good finance software can be found. Here-

  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO

    My wife and I use MoneyWell and it is fantastic. If you do envelope budgeting this is a great program for that. There is a free trial and excellent online video tutorials to get you started and see how you like it.
  6. pooky macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2003
    Don't use parallels/VMWare. It's not that big of a pain, but using native software is much nicer.

    I've been using iBank for several years now. I hated it at first, but it has really grown on be, now I'm a big fan. It's very simple, it's easy to use, and the developers are friendly and accessible.
  7. SirJ thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    thanks to everyone who posted.

    I saw a screenshot of moneywell on their website and I'm definitely liking how it looks.

    I will likely buy moneywell (assuming trial is good) when I get a MacBook but I'll probly get peachtree as well (it is free - why not?)
  8. mongrol macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    LiquidLedger is another fairly good one. No flash sparkly nonsense. Just plain old transaction accounting like old MSMoney before it went webby. Worth a look.

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