It’s important to track our expenses. This will help in better management of how and where to spend based on the income or obligations we have. In many cases, an Excel sheet could do a lot of work. However, a personal accounting/finance software is more advanced for sophisticated reports and less errors of course.
A good software here is the one with most of the following:
- Easy to enter transactions: Predicting entry, available on multiple platforms (Synchronizing), …
- Affordable in terms of new purchase or upgrade. I hate applications that force me to upgrade every now and then.
- Fast responding…
- Good display and clear navigation.
- Provide classifications and reporting on multiple levels: Categories, Payees, Tags, Projects, …
- Good search capabilities and filtering.
- Good import and export plugins – to bring transactions from banks or from/to other applications.
- Ability to handle multiple currencies and exchange rates.
- Sharing options for view purposes or concurrent update of transactions.
Some good software:
Available on most platforms except for Windows Phone. Its Android app isn’t good at all. However, it’s my preferred and the one that I mainly use. I like that there is no need to upgrade. If needed, the company offers free upgrades often. The app uses Java and thus it’s very fast. It is one of the top apps in this field. Display could be better though – mainly on Windows10 with High DPI screens. With its latest updates, the app has better options for sharing data on different systems.
Some might prefer this over Moneydance. It’s for sure one of the top apps too. However, it has very bad display on High DPI screens. So, it was almost unusable for me. Furthermore, it’s more into US community with less flexibility in some fields comparing to Moneydance. It might synchronize better but I understand sharing data isn’t supported directly. The app is available on most platforms.
This is my second preferred app. I used it a lot when Chromebook was my only laptop. It’s mainly a cloud app but it’s available on many platforms – Windows phone isn’t included. It’s simple comparing to Moneydance and Quicken but for sure it does most of the important things perfectly. This app was designed while sharing accounts is in mind. This didn’t work for me though.
Unfortunately, online downloading from banks isn’t supported by my banks here. Therefore, I haven’t tested this feature well on Moneydance, Quicken, and Cash Organizer. I’m also not that much into stocks investments!
Money Tracker Pro
If you’re into Windows Phone, this is the application for you. It’s available only on Windows 8/10. I think the design needs more polishing. If you don’t like the style of Windows 8/10, you won’t like it. It’s more simple comparing to the above three applications. And, thus some advanced features are not there. I guess it won’t be the first choice for many.
It’s beautiful, simple, fast, and affordable. For simple use, it’s very convenient. Yet it’s mainly a cloud app, it’s available on multiple platforms. Importing QIF files was painful. I only fear its exporting feature; what if I changed my mind and wanted to leave the app for another?! Tags can work as sub categories – not my preferred way. Reports isn’t as advance as in other apps.
I believe you won’t go wrong with using any of the above apps for managing your money depending on the sophistication of your needs. There are many other famous applications (e.g., Mint, YNAB, …). I only compared the ones that I worked with.
Do you track your expenses or stick to budgets? What is the app you use?