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Happy Snow Leopard Day

by Smithee

For the increasing number of Mac users in the audience, today’s the day to start deciding whether you want to upgrade your operating system: “Snow Leopard” is on the scene. Number-wise, this is a move to OS 10.6. It will only work on Apple computers with an Intel processor and at least 1 GB of ... Continue reading this article…

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Good News for Mac Users: Quicken for Mac 2010 Coming Soon

by Luke Landes

Adriel, the product manager for the new Quicken product for Apple Mac, has posted an update about the software’s development. There is good news for users of Quicken 2007 who have been anxiously awaiting an update for the software on par with the updates that Windows users receive each year. First of all, the delayed ... Continue reading this article…

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Mac Bundle Box 2009

by Smithee

I’m a previous customer of the Mac Bundle Box, and I’m always curious to see what’s on the offering block when it reappears. If you’re unfamiliar with the program, it’s one of the best ways you can save money on Mac software. Not only can you get $460 worth of software for $50, but 10 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Courting Microsoft Money Users With New Old Discounts

by Luke Landes

On the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that the company’s desktop financial management software, Microsoft Money (Plus) will be discontinued, Intuit is jumping on the chance to win customers by offering decent discounts on its Quicken products. These discounts are similar to those offered earlier this year. It looks like Intuit brought them back shortly after ... Continue reading this article…

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Microsoft Money Will Be Discontinued

by Luke Landes

Microsoft is ending its support of Microsoft Money, the desktop financial management software that feebly competed with Intuit Quicken. This comes as no surprise to me. Microsoft appeared to have given up on the Money product several years ago. Personally, I switched from Microsoft Money to Quicken in 2004. Although I was happy with Microsoft ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2009 Discounts Available for Three More Days

by Luke Landes

If you’re interested in tracking your money with Intuit Quicken 2009, and you’d like to upgrade to or install the newest versions, there are three days left before prices for the software go up. On June 1, no discounts will be offered on Quicken software, and if discounts do return later, they may be not ... Continue reading this article…

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Mint.com Will Provide Personalized Financial Advice: Beta Test the New Features

by Luke Landes

Starting today, Mint will begin beta testing some significant new features. Mint, a web application that helps you track your financial transactions, account balances, debt and budget, is branching into financial advice. For a few weeks, beta testers will have exclusive access to these new features described below. I have 200 invitations to share with ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Home and Business 2009 Review and Giveaway

by Luke Landes

As of Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 am ET, the giveaway of the free Quicken Home and Business 2009 is closed and no more entrants will be accepted. I’ve been using Intuit Quicken for the last few years to keep track of my savings, investments and expenses. After trying Moneydance, GNU Cash, and Microsoft Money ... Continue reading this article…

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Increase Your Net Worth at Mint.com

by Smithee

Mint.com, a free online money tracking system, has just started including property values like houses and vehicles when calculating your net worth. Previously, the service would total up your cash and other positive account balances, then subtract your credit card debt, loans and mortgage amounts, leaving you with an almost certainly negative net worth. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Online Adds New Cash Tracking Feature

by Luke Landes

This week, Quicken Online (reviewed here), a free service, has added a few new features to help you more accurately and efficiently track your spending and manage your finances. As credit card offer increasingly unfavorable terms and abandon rewards, and as fewer people qualify for credit cards, more are turning to spending using cold hard ... Continue reading this article…

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New $20 Discounts on Intuit Quicken 2009 Products

by Luke Landes

Quicken 2009 has been available since last fall. I’ve been meaning to upgrade my version of Quicken 2008 Home & Business, but I don’t think my computer can handle any software changes until I reinstall the operating system. I’ve been using Quicken to manage my finances for the last several years. I used to use ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Premier 2009 Giveaway Extended

by Luke Landes

Last Monday, I offered a copy of Quicken Premier 2009 to two Consumerism Commentary readers who have suggestions for avoiding overdraft fees. I’ve extended the giveaway for an additional few days, and the winners will be announced at the end of the week. There is not a large number of participants, so your chances of ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Online Will Now Be Free

by Luke Landes

Starting today, Quicken Online (review) will be free for all customers. Quicken Online is the web-based financial software that replaces many of the features of the desktop versions of Quicken and competes with Mint (review), Geezeo, and several more emerging web applications. Until now, customers who wished to use Quicken Online were required to pay ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken Financial Life for Mac: Rebirth of Quicken for Mac

by Luke Landes

I am not a Mac user, so until recently I was unaware that Intuit’s Quicken offerings for Mac are below standard in comparison to Intuit’s similar products designed for computers running Microsoft Windows. It looks like the inferior software is getting a much-needed rewrite from scratch and a new name, “Quicken Financial Life for Mac.” ... Continue reading this article…

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Something You Never Want to See in Quicken

by Luke Landes

I opened Quicken this evening to update a few financial items and I was distraught by what the software was trying to tell me. This is something you never want to see in a piece of financial software that analyzes your spending and offers hints for managing your money. I’m actually a little insulted. It’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Introducing Fuelly

by Smithee

Fuelly is a new, free online service which helps you track your mileage. It pays attention to what kind of car you’re driving, how much you’re spending, and creates helpful charts to let you know whether your mileage is improving or declining over time. It has great support for mobile browsers, which is exactly what ... Continue reading this article…

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Quicken 2009 Available Today, Discounts for Blog Readers

by Luke Landes

Are you looking for Quicken 2010? Quicken 2010 is available now and here are the latest products. The new versions of all the Quicken products are available to purchase starting today, and shipping of the new software will begin on September 9. Intuit, the company that develops the Quicken software and owns the brand, is ... Continue reading this article…

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iPhone Finance (Mostly) Apps, Vol. 1

by Smithee

It’s barely been a month since the iPhone update which allows people to download applications written by 3rd-party developers, and there are already more than 1,000 to choose from. Here are a few of the more promising entries in the field of Personal Finance: Loan Shark (Web | iTunes) It’s unreasonable to expect that a ... Continue reading this article…

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GnuCash: Free Software for Balancing Your Checkbook (and More)

by Luke Landes

Nicholas emailed me with this question. I’m trying to find some kind of free accounting software for balancing my checkbook, and that sort of thing. I already use Mint.com, but it isn’t much good if I plan on writing a check, or if I want to create a recurring transaction. I don’t need something to ... Continue reading this article…

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Question From Reader: When Do You Record an Expense?

by Luke Landes

“Stat Crazy” wrote in to ask a few questions about recording personal finances in Quicken. His first question is about recording expenses. If you purchase something during the month one June 15 with a VISA card, then submit an online payment on June 28, and the card says it is paid off on June 30 ... Continue reading this article…

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