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Quicken vs. Mint.com

January 11th, 2011 at 03:11 pm

So, I was all set to buy Quicken Starter 2011. I just want something to help me track spending in categories, so I know where I can do better. Goal tracking is also nice. I was all set to buy Quicken, then I started reading the reviews. It doesn't sound like a particularly elegant or well-designed piece of software.

Then I started reading up on Mint.com, and it sounded like it offered the same things for free. I had started a Mint.com account six months ago, but got uncomfortable handing out my account numbers and passwords to some random web company.

Now I feel paralyzed with indecision. Who knew finding budgeting software would be so hard?

I guess I don't want to spend money on a program that may be a dud.

In other news, it's probably snowed 3 inches here today. Half the town is shut down due to bad roads. I got groceries last night in preparation.

Also, the charity truck came today to pick up some of the stuff that had been living in my cluttered and disastrous laundry room.

6 Responses to “Quicken vs. Mint.com”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I just use spreadsheets. I don't know what the software does, but I've never been tempted. I track my bills, my spending, my savings, my investments and my net worth.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Have you looked at YNAB? That's all I've used for budgeting for over 4 years now.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I briefly looked at YNAB. I was thinking of reading the book before I commit to the software.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I've heard that mint has more issues than Quicken, but I think it boils down to personal preference for most. Basically, it might be best to try both and see which one you like better.

    P.S. I haven't tried anything but Quicken, but I already know the others won't do what I want my financial software to do.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Have you checked the ynab forums? The two things ynab doesn't do is track investments or do automatic downloads from banks. Jesse is committed to keeping the software as uncluttered as possible. I've used Quicken, mint, mevelopes, etc., and ynab just works best for how I like to budget. I also like knowing that the person who created the program was at one time a regular at saving advice forums. Smile

  6. terri77 Says:

    I love Mint.com! Might have to check out Quicken though. I had Money.com one time, trial version, and was so very disappointed.

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