Looking for budgeting software with specific features
March 29, 2010 9:45 PM Subscribe
Help! I am SO confused about picking the right budgeting software. I am looking for a budgeting software but I have a lot of parameters. I have read the previous threads but it seems like nothing does exactly what I want it to do. Paramemters below.
posted by Brittanie to Work & Money (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
1. My bank offers Financeworks, which is similar to Mint.com (both owned by Intuit) and it does budgeting right but neither program allows manual entry or reconciliation. I am also a bit creeped out by putting my account information online.
2. I prefer double bookkeeping because we put a lot of our expenses on credit cards that are paid off at the end of the month. Part of our goal is to look at where we can cut back on, for example, dining out. A simple checkbook register only shows that we've paid credit cards bills, and those bills are not broken down into categories. I know Gnucash can do this but I find Gnucash utterly confusing to get started on. Double bookkeeping is not confusing to me, but Gnucash is. I like PearBudget for the way it breaks down expenses into monthly and irregular, but I can't figure out a way to integrate double bookkeeping into PearBudget spreadsheets.
3. I'd like for it to be free, and it must be Mac compatible. Free, because we're trying to save money, not spend it.
So, if y'all can either A) recommend something I'm missing, or B) point me in the direction of a good, idiot-proof guide to setting up Gnucash or integrating double bookkeeping in PearBudget spreadsheets, that'd be stellar. Thanks.