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Initial post: Apr 26, 2009 8:08:57 AM PDT
Edzjaxon says:
Are there any good alternatives to Quicken such as mint.com or yodlee.com, or others?

Posted on May 5, 2009 10:01:58 AM PDT
Sabine 1969 says:
Never explored yodlee.com. I was thinking of using mint but from what I can understand, transactions sort of "roll off" the register after 90 days. Also, you cannot personalize the categories to track spending the way you can with Quicken. Trust me, I am not a huge fan of Quicken even though I've been using it for 13 years. But if you're looking for something comparable to the funtions of Quicken, mint won't cut it. Mint is more along the lines of a baby step for someone who has never kept their financial records using software and/or has never downloaded financial data before. JMHO.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 10:08:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2009 6:50:52 AM PDT
Edzjaxon, here are my 2 cents.
A little background first: I have been a Quicken user since 3.0 (yes, I am old :)
Until Quicken 2003, I used to upgrade EVERY year. After that, I have been upgrading every other year. To be honest, I don't think I need to do that either. I probably could wait to have Intuit force me (every 3 years).
I currently use Quicken Premier 2008.
I would not consider myself a completely satisfied Quicken customer. There are too few really useful features with every new release AND too many bugs the last few times I upgraded.

Unfortunately, there really aren't too many alternatives to Quicken.

A few months ago, I I tried mint.com and a few others. For a starter, mint.com is quite nice. Very snappy (really fast!), very visually appealing and the integration with most of my financial institutions was quick and easy. Only 1 out of 16 institutions was a problem - it wasn't listed as 'supported'.
One of the most useful features: automatic reminders for 'due dates' (for payments). I did NOT have to do anything (i.e. set up anything). It happened with credit cards from 3 different banks. It was a surprise to start receiving those reminders (without ever setting them up):
"A bill from <my credit card bank> for $555.55 is due on 1/24/2009. Bills are no fun ... but late fees are worse! Click here for details. Cheers, The Mint Team"
That was REALLY useful!

But, what the earlier user says holds. You can't personalize the categories. You can't 'automate' the categorizations to your liking/choices (I am a HUGE fan of that - considering how many institutions I download transactiosn from). In terms of investments, Quicken Premier has boatload of functionality (ratings, comparisons, simulation of 'what-if' scenarios etc).
I do NOT know about the 'roll off' feature. I used mint.com for about 30 days.

Do read the following:
1) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2321083,00.asp
2) http://financialsoft.about.com/b/2008/04/01/the-overdue-mintcom-review.htm#gB3 (I especially like this site - great content)
3) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2338814,00.asp
4) (a little off-tangent, but VERY useful nonetheless) http://www.sramanamitra.com/2009/01/31/redesign-that-online-personal-finance-part-1/

Also, I had tried out MS Money back in 2005/06. It was good for a few things, but decided to stay with Quicken. Unfortunately, Microsoft has announced that they will no longer sell Money.

Hope this helps you and others.

Cheers,
MB

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2009 5:52:53 AM PDT
Edzjaxon says:
Manoj

Thanks for the thorough feedback. I really appreciate it. I will take your advice and follow up on some of the links you provided.

Have a great week!

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 6:42:48 AM PDT
I'm glad you found it useful.
I just rememberd another really useful feature about mint.com - have updated the earlier note.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2009 9:16:25 PM PDT
Just so everyone knows: Quicken announced the acquisition of Mint.com this week. Ah, well...

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 10:21:14 AM PST
I choose Money over Quicken years ago because I hated the Quicken interface. I have been forced now to use Quicken, with Money being discontinued. I hate it even more. Do people there sit around trying to make it difficult to use?!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 8:51:46 AM PDT
E. L. Colon says:
I've recently downloaded one program named gnucash which is a free offline alternative released under the GNU free license. It doesn't have the 'bells and whistles' of Quicken but does seem to provide basic utility in terms of tracking one's expenses. A google search on 'gnucash' will get you all the details.

I haven't explored it much because I have been using Quicken since it was first released. Over the years I have used practically all the Quicken products and have been pleased and not so pleased alternatively. Yet I have and am returning to it now for lack of anything else that is so well integrated into the current banking and investments scene.

Be sure to read Manoj Bhargaw's review. It is much more detailed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 10:34:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 29, 2010 2:49:48 PM PDT
Dayhiker says:
Official Quicken announcement that 2007 version will not be supported after April 30:
http://mso.intuit.com/w/webView?cid=14751678740&mid=1196693344&pid=467834&vid=13558&ee=bWlrb2xhczFAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQ_&si=&mv=H&bv=H&oc=N&sc=&k=17L1TW

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2010 3:05:39 PM PDT
P. Miller says:
Thank you for the info about GNU. I didn't really need all the extra stuff with Quicken, and gnucash was perfect for my needs. For those without some accounting knowledge, it might need a little effort to understand what is going on, but in my opinion, the effort will be well rewarded.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 7:23:17 PM PDT
hitherebrian says:
There's a free online version at quickenonline.intuit.com. It's like Mint in that it's simple to setup and start using. You can customize the categories there. That might be worth a look for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2010 8:50:19 AM PDT
YES

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2010 9:47:37 AM PDT
Folks, just another note.
After Quicken purchased Mint (mint.com), they stopped newer subscribers to Quicken Online (quickenonline.intuit.com). Their stated goal is that all new subscribers will be sent to Mint.
Thus, when you go to quickenonline.intuit.com, you can log in ONLY IF you were a registered user prior to Mint purchase. Otherwise, the site should send you to Mint.com
I *truly* hope Intuit doesn't butcher Mint.com. Not only that, I hope it starts adding some of the better Quicken features.
We can always hope, right? :)

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 11:16:42 AM PDT
There are a lot of software out there that will help you track inflows and outflows of money. Outright.com is a free online alternative. It does not do automatic downloads of credit cards and bank accounts, just paypal, but you can import csv files of transactions. The cool thing about outright is this: If you need to pay estimated taxes on the money that is rolling in, it calculates the amount of you - automatically.

There are a lot of online finance trackers out there - although, a few of them are referred to as onine bookkeeping software. Xero has something for individual users to track personal income (not business income), but I think its a paid service (you get a 'full trial').

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 2:58:48 PM PDT
John says:
As a software developer the horrific user interface of Quicken 2009 is an insult to my profession. It does what it's supposed to do, but MSMoney at least offered some obviousness to what it did since it adhered to Windows UI conventions. Not so with Quicken - it's like it was written for a different OS. I will continue to use it until support runs out or 2009 (next year, probably) and then reassess my options. I hate Quicken but use it because Mint is insufficient.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 3:15:38 PM PDT
Edzjaxon says:
Thank you for the response. ALomost all other responses have been similar. Unfortunately, my quicken "expires" at end of April at which time you have to buy new version or your older version does not allow updates

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 3:46:17 PM PDT
Folks, this is one of the few (if not the only) thread I follow on Amazon - for my own selfish reasons ;)
Thus, a few updates: I did bite the bullet and upgraded to Quicken 2010 last year - saw a really amazing deal on it through Bing Shopping (including the cashback).

Anyway, the user interface in Quicken 2010 is much better - compared to the last 5 or 6 releases. Seriously! It isn't amazingly good - not even close. But, much, much better than I would've thought. Quicken team clearly took some of the Mint.com patterns to heart.
As has been discussed before, there aren't too many alternatives.
But, Intuit seems to have done a decent job with Quicken 2010.

Edzjaxon, hope that helps your decision-making.
Make sure you search online - there are some great deals available regularly.

From what I have heard from some of the long-time Intuit developers/support, there is a huge move to make Quicken more like Mint.com. Who knows how serious Intuit is about that, but I like the sound of it :)

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 8:39:56 AM PDT
CJS says:
Manoj Bhargaw, do you know if Quicken 2010 is bug free? I am a long time user of Quicken. The version I was primarily using was 2000 Deluxe. The computer it runs on is having issues so I bought a new laptop which runs Windows 7 (highly recommend by the way). Big surprise, I couldn't install Quicken 2000 Deluxe on a Windows 7 machine. So I thought it was time to upgrade. Someone had given me a copy of Quicken 2005 Deluxe so installed that. I entered about 3 months worth of data and was reconciling same when the reconcile starting doing the wackiest things I've ever seen! Searched on google (should have done that first!) and, sure enough, there were tons of folks ranting about bugs in the reconcile funtion. Some said the last decent version of Quicken was 2003. So now I am stuck. I can't install Quicken 2000 on my new machine and my old machine is on it's last legs. Any advice?

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 9:32:17 AM PDT
CJS,
As far as my usage of Quicken 2010, it has been more or less painless. And I have over 93 MB of data in Quicken 2010 (over 15 years of data), believe it or not.
Does that mean Quicken 2010 is bug free? Hmmm... I don't know if anyone can make that claim. At least not me (knowing some of the problems I have had with Quicken versions in the last few years).
Based on my usage and testing, this one (Quicken 2010) seems pretty stable.

My opinion (and CJS, please take this with a grain of salt ;) : If you are that far back in your Quicken version, it might be worthwhile to upgrade. Also, if you are going to start 'entering' data, it might be quite useful. I have talked to someone who started with a fresh copy of QDATA (instead of upgrading the old file), and she said she loved how easy it was to set up.

Let everyone know what you decide and how the experience was (if you do go to Quicken 2010).
Good luck!

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 9:36:28 AM PDT
Oh, something I have been meaning to mention.
A long time ago (back with Quicken 5 or something like that), one of the Intuit developers had told me a trick.
I don't know if that really has helped or not, but I have been upgrading my Quicken file (& program) for 15 years and luckily have had VERY few issues with the 93+ MB of data.

At least once in a while (I do it once a quarter), do a 'validate' (File-->Validate) and then perform a 'super-validate' (File-->Shift+Ctrl+Validate I think) on your file.
It is supposed to go through the entire data and fix any errors etc.

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011 9:57:01 AM PDT
CJS says:
Thanks for the advice. I have over 15 years worth of data too (although I have archived some of it). I think I will go for it with 2010 on the laptop and just keep my data up to date on both machines for a while, until i either decide i can trust Quicken 2010 or the computer with Quicken 2000 on it dies, whichever comes first. Fortunately, as a long term computer professional, I knew enough to make multiple back ups before I installed Quicken 2005. Because once the upgrade process converts your data you cannot go back. ARE YOU LISTENING PEOPLE? MAKE BACK UPS!!!

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 5:24:25 PM PDT
CJS says:
An Update. I was able to install Quicken 2000 Deluxe on my Windows 7 machine by following these instructions:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/quicken-2000-and-windows-7-64-bit/ea6ada86-9bb3-4d8b-9bb4-cd362e55ed19

I opened my data file and everything looks good. I am now up and running Quicken 2000 on my Windows 7 laptop. Cheers!

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 3:40:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 3:41:03 PM PST
Lillyanne_M says:
Ace Money is the best thing I've found.
http://www.mechcad.net/products/acemoney/personal-finance-software-quicken-alternative.shtml

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 5:02:49 PM PST
Carl Zetie says:
In addition to the Validate recommendation above, I'd also suggest doing a "Year End Copy" from time to time. What this does is archive everything prior to the beginning of a given year. So if the working file gets screwed up, you don't lose all of that historical data -- only the most recent transactions. It also makes your working file much smaller, which can speed things up.

Personally I like to keep only the current year and previous year in the active file. YMMV
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