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Do You Need Financial Budgeting Software?

Updated on January 20, 2011

If you are like most people, keeping track of your finances in the midst of your overly busy schedule can be a real challenge. Tracking finances can be difficult to do if you have limited tools. Using financial budgeting software can help you easily manage your finances quickly. Financial budgeting software will allow you to keep track of your income, expenses, savings, and investments. 

There are many options out there for financial budgeting software, so choose the one that is right for you. You should consider usability and cost when choosing financial budgeting software. If you bank online, you may want to consider software that downloads or connects to your financial institution. Here are some top picks for financial budgeting software to help you easily track your finances.

Quicken

Quicken has been a popular choice for household finance for a long time. Quicken gives you the option of tracking income, expenses, real estate, and investments—making it a great budgeting software option for all aspects of your finances. Quicken will connect with many financial institutions over the internet and actually import information from your account—eliminating the need for you to manually enter transactions and saving you time. When tax time comes around, you can even import data from Quicken into Turbo Tax if you use that product.

Microsoft Money

Microsoft Money is a great financial planning software. The focus here is on planning—saving for your children’s college, paying off loans, or preparing for retirement. If you invest as part of your financial plan, Microsoft Money is a great option for tracking investments and conducting research.

Mvelopes Personal Budgeting

While Quicken and Microsoft Money are both software that must be downloaded onto your personal computer, Mvelopes is an online tool. The benefit of this is that you can access Mvelopes from any computer. The focus of Mvelopes is on budgeting and while it does not have the detailed financial tracking that Quicken and Microsoft Money do, it is a great and easy to use tool for tracking your finances.

Mint.com

If you are not ready to invest money in financial planning or budgeting software, consider trying the free services of Mint.com. This is also an online application accessible from any computer, offering the same convenience as Mvelopes. Mint can import data from most online bank accounts and has a mobile phone application allowing you to access your information from your smart phone.

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