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Keep tabs on spending with five budget apps

Duck Software's Budget Tracker

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It's tax time, which only serves as a reminder, to many of us, how disorganized our expenses are. No matter how hard we try, spreadsheets and accounting tools don't always do the trick. For some, another application is necessary – one that will help you not only see the immediate, but also the big, picture. By taking advantage of such a tool, your business expenses can be better managed and not turn into a nightmare at the end of the year.

But what apps are out there? Sure you could set up a CRM or ERP tool to help you tackle this task, but when you need something easier, more user-friendly, and faster to get up to speed on, a more singular-minded app is necessary. I have found five such apps that might help you out.

Five Apps

1. Duck Software's Budget Tracker

Duck Software's Budget Tracker is one of the simpler tools on this list. This particular take on these tools doesn't offer a lot of bells and whistles. What it does offer is a simple to use tool that will assist you in tracking your monthly spending by date and category. Not only will this give you an immediate glance into how your monthly budget is going, it will help you see the big picture, so you can develop a better budget. This tool offers custom fields, monthly print out, a solid help tool, and more.

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4 comments
Tolmaci
Tolmaci

I am surprised GnuCash did not get a mention.

queixo
queixo

after signing in using chrome, it keeps saying i've been logged out for 10 mins inactivity or invalid password. tried again on IE and the same thing after resetting password. you can't say it's one of the best when someone can't even access it to check for themselves.

johnmckay
johnmckay

I'm looking for a PC based solution to replace Quicken; An app that can connect to my bank accounts without me having to hand my passwords to an outside agency like Mint. They might have armed guards but I'd still rather control my own destiny. Is there a decent solution out there that doesn't involve web based apps?

famidon
famidon

I used to use Microsoft Money and Quicken but discovered YNAB. It is based upon the Dave Ramsey "Total Money Makeover" with online training sessions, forum and is continually updated. It even has apps for smart phones. You can download directly from your bank. I have used it for close to 2 years and highly recommend it as being flexible and user friendly.