Over a year ago, I switched from Microsoft Money to Intuit Quicken for managing and recording my personal finances. I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic of either software. Neither one is perfect and does everything the way I want.
There are people out there who are Quicken fanatics. According to one site, there is a separate genus and species for these creatures: Quickenheadus neuroticus. Q. neuroticus is identifyable by these traits (or neuroses). That website also provides a handy guide to determine whether you qualify as Q. neuroticus. Here are two examples:
For every airport parking or pay phone expense, you properly enter the city and airport name as the payee and you try to remember the names of the merchants you buy coffee and newspapers at.
You split the “Guns” category into “Guns:Accessories”, “Guns:Ammo” and “Guns:Guns” and you don’t even have a gun.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published May 23, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.