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June 24, 2008 11:30 PM Subscribe
What basic, personal accounting software do you recommend?
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Technology (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to track:
• retirement accounts
• out-come, i.e. spending on credit cards and ATM debits
This would preferably be done automatically — the software will contact the banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions electronically and download as much information as possible. We're eight years into the 21st C. and it doesn't seem necessary to spend one to two hours a day manually tracking and entering the day's business-related what-have-yous.
I don't hold investments, but if I gamble I would like to start gambling somewhat intelligently. The software would track investment accounts — and existing retirement account components — automatically on a daily basis. In particular, I'd like to be able to view how parts of my retirement account are valued on a daily basis, which I can't do currently without manually tracking its history in an Excel spreadsheet.
I don't run a small business (yet), so that is not a requirement. If it has the capability to run accounting for a small business that would be a plus.
Another criterion would be that I'd prefer a non-Windows software package, preferably something native to Mac OS X. I can run Windows software within Fusion, but due to cost and integration issues I'd prefer not being permanently locked in to that option. I can run an X11 application, but with the tradeoffs, being able to run something OS X native would be useful.
With that in mind, are there software recommendations you have?