Listen Money Matters, September 19, 2017
Quicken was the only game in town for years, but that’s changed. And with the system’s future uncertain, it’s time to explore some Quicken alternatives.
What is Quicken?
Quicken is personal finance software developed by Intuit, also the people behind Turbo Tax, in 1982. Quicken was sold off by Intuit recently. Intuit owns Mint and wants to focus on that kind of cloud-based service rather than old-school desktop software like Quicken.
For many years, Quicken had a lock on the market but there is a lot of competition around now, and much of it is free. There are several versions of Quicken, and they range from around $40 up to around $165. The basic version allows you to track and pay bills, set up bill alerts, automatically import transactions, categorize spending, create a budget, and gives you your credit score.
Why Switch to a Quicken Alternative?
Since Intuit sold Quicken, no one is sure of its future. That desktop based technology is becoming increasingly outdated, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that the program will be discontinued.
Having to download software to track finances seems wildly outdated. So does having to pay to track your finances. If you want to use the Quicken mobile app, you still have to buy the software and sync it with your home computer. If all this sounds like a hassle, check out some Quicken alternatives.
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“CountAbout does allow you to import data from Quicken so for many of you, no matter what else is good or bad about it; this is all that will matter. “