I’ve been using Quicken for years. Now through 3/18/13 – it’s HALF-PRICE on Quicken Deluxe, Quicken Premier, and Quicken Home & Business. They even have Quicken Essentials for Mac users. You get a 60-day money back guarantee. You might give it a whirl for a couple months.
One of the greatest things about Quicken is that with one click, it will go out to all of your financial accounts and bring in all of your new transactions. It goes to your checking, savings, CDs, credit cards, stock, retirement and brokerage accounts – and scrapes in the new info. You can see your empire in one place!
It makes tax time quick and painless – especially if you itemize deductions. You might even be able to use it to organize your 2012 taxes.
Another great feature is that Quicken 2013 comes with a free Quicken App that syncs your desktop and your iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. Now you will know exactly where your finances stand, even if you are out of town. No need to check into several bank websites. It’s all in the free Quicken app. I whipped up a li’l Chip’s Money Tips example of a Quicken account for you screen cap lovers:
Every morning, I click on the blue circular arrow in my actual file to send Quicken on its errands to all my accounts. A minute later, any new transactions show up with a red flag next to the account. I click on the file and make sure the new transaction is kosher. I accept it and the red flag goes away. You will also be alerted for bills and income reminders.
Quicken alerts me to any Shenanigans
As you may know, I’m a sucker for sweet credit card promotions that give me free stuff. So, I have a couple dozen credit cards. Quicken keeps track of ALL those for me. If a charge shows up that I didn’t make, I know about it. I charge everything possible on a credit card to maximize rewards (before paying it off in full). To improve my credit score, I pay the bill a couple days before the statement drops. Quicken alerts me when to do that. If a non-credit card bill is due, I know about that too.
I can tell you to the penny how much I spent “Dining Out” or at “Amazon” or even how much I made pre and post-tax on Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you are struggling to save any money, Quicken can create a budget for you. You can do a lot more stuff with Quicken, than you can with free personal software like Mint. I even made reports that show how much I made in SAG & AFTRA actor unions. I also broke it down to show me how much I made from each payroll company – which can be very handy.
As they say at Faber College “Knowledge is Good”. Check out the Quicken videos below. Their YouTube channel also has a slew of great tutorials in case you have any questions after downloading your Quicken.
How Quicken Syncs with the App:
At 1:06 – “Splitting transactions is easy” – That feature does not work on the app as of March 14, 2013. No biggie. Just making you aware.