Maybe you heard that Intuit sold Quicken. At Investor Junkie, we aren’t sure what exactly to make of this yet. In the meantime, there are other options out there besides Quicken.
Quicken is still one of the most popular personal finance applications, though there are other applications that are gaining in popularity.
While there are some good alternatives, the list is quite short. In fact, Quicken doesn’t have much competition, which makes for slim pickings.
Either way though, not all of these services will cater to your personal finance needs, so it’s important to read our detailed reviews and determine the best one for your situation.
If you’re looking to transition to online, instead of desktop software, check out our Mint.com alternatives article.
If you are looking for a finance web-based app that focuses on investing, this is what we recommend. In fact, we have it on our list of the best investment tools. Unlike Mint, which focuses a lot on budgeting (and where your money has gone), Personal Capital emphasizes investing and saving for retirement. You can track expenses with this app, but you can also create an investing plan — and even have the app analyze your investing fees and help you avoid them.
Personal Capital Review »
YNAB focuses on four basic principles — stop living paycheck to paycheck, give every dollar a job, save for a rainy day, and roll with the punches. It’s less about tracking where your money went and more about telling it where to go. This is a great software option for those especially interested in zero-based budgeting.
YNAB Review »
Moneydance allows you to create a budget, gives you bill paying reminders, generates helpful financial charts and graphs, and offers investment support. You can link your accounts online for automatic updates, or enter your information manually. If you are looking for software that works on Apple’s OS X then this is a possible option.
Moneydance Review »
Moneyspire is the newcomer on the block that offers support not only for the Windows and Mac OS X platform, but also Linux! You can create a budget and download transactions from your bank. Moneyspire is free to try out with one account, and can be downloaded from their web site.
Moneyspire Review »
Banktivity is one of the few native applications for Apple’s OS X operating system, along with Moneydance and YNAB. Out of these applications, Banktivity is the most fully featured. In addition, like Quicken for Windows, Banktivity offers mobile synchronization with either your Apple iPad or iPhone.
Banktivity Review »
CountAbout is an online service that automatically downloads your transactions into one central place and allows you to create budgets with ease. Unique to CountAbout, you can import your existing transactions from Mint or Quicken. Sign up for the free 15-day trial.
CountAbout Review »
GnuCash is both for personal and small business finances. It is a completely free software and helps you to perform double-entry accounting, creates relevant reports and graphs, and allows to create recurring expenses with a high level of customization.
Readers: Which alternative do you like? What’s your favorite software option? Got another suggestion for a Quicken alternative? Leave a comment!