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$10 Discount Off Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010, 50% Off Other Quicken Products

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In February, Intuit will release a long-awaited update to the Mac desktop version of Quicken. The new software has been renamed again. When it appears on shelves with the retail price of $69.99, it will be labeled “Quicken Essentials for Mac.” You can pre-order Quicken Essentials for Mac now and receive $10 off the full price.

Before you buy the software, understand its limitations when compared with the various Windows-based versions of the desktop software. While Quicken Essentials for Mac will track the value of your investments, it does not handle the level of detail that you find in other versions of the software, including the previous version of their Apple-based software, Quicken Mac 2007. If you want to track daily investment activity including transactions, Quicken Essentials for Mac will disappoint.

Quicken Essentials for Mac will not work directly with Intuit’s TurboTax so you cannot use your data in Quicken to speed up tax filing. Read Quicken’s product information page for more features and limitations.

I’m not a Mac user, but I understand that Intel-based Macs can often run Windows programs. My preference would be to run a Windows desktop version of Quicken, such as Quicken Home & Business 2010. Intuit is currently offering 50% off other Quicken products. I use Quicken Home & Business on my Windows-based computer almost every day.

Here are the current sale prices. Note: some readers have reported the 50% discount seems to be unavailable currently.

Quicken 2010 Home & Business Buy CD-ROM Download $99.99 $49.99
Quicken 2010 Premier Buy CD-ROM Download $89.99 $44.99
Quicken 2010 Deluxe Buy CD-ROM Download $59.99 $29.99
Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010 Buy CD-ROM Download $69.99 $59.99
Quicken Medical Expense Manager Buy CD-ROM Download $69.99
Quicken Home Inventory Manager Buy CD-ROM Download $29.99
Quicken Rental Property Manager 2010 Buy CD-ROM Download $149.99 $74.99
Quicken Online Edition     Free

These sale prices are good until January 23, 2010. If you are asked for an offer code, use 6301262157 to activate all discounts other than the Quicken Essentials for Mac.

Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published January 20, 2010. 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.

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avatar Sheldon Troyer

Glad to hear about the extra discount going on. Will make my move from MS Money to Quicken a little less costly.

I’ve been trying to order Quicken, but have not been able to find the discounted price (and it doesn’t give me a place to enter the discount code). I’ve gone all the way through the purchase price including putting in my credit card number (but have not completed the transaction), but never see a place that talks about any discount. There is a $50 discount if I sign up for the credit card, but definitely don’t want to add a credit card to my life.

Am I missing something, or did they pull the discount off their website?

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,386 (Platinum)

There’s a possibility the discount is only available on the downloadable versions. I’ll look into it and find out.

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avatar stwebb

Tried to purchase downloadable Quicken Home & Business with special offer code. Says code has expired!

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avatar stwebb

1. Click download or CD
2. Click add to cart
3. Look half way down the page and you will see enter special offer code

If you request the credit card, it only offers $30 off, not $50.

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avatar stwebb

When you enter the offer code, you get this message:

Please correct the following errors
The offer code you entered has expired. If you believe your code is valid, try entering it again. If you have any further questions or need help, please call us at 1-888-729-1996.

When you call the number, you get Quickbooks Business line, and it asks you for your business/industry, etc.

The number has nothing to do with the offer at all!

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avatar Erik

I will be getting a Mac soon. I still prefer software money managers over the online options (Mint, etc.). Would you recommend Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010 to a Mac user or an alternative? What good alternatives are out there?

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avatar stwebb

Hey Erik:

I’ve was a Quicken user from the mid-80′s until about 2007 when I switched over to Mac. Quicken does NOT do Mac well! In fact, I ended up installing Windows on my Mac, just to stay with Quicken for Windows and it full featured programming. From what I see, Quicken Essentials is a dumbed down version of Quicken! Bottom line…consider investing in Windows XP, Fusion or Parallel, and Quicken for Windows. It’s the only true solution – although if you just need a basic money management program, Essentials MIGHT work for you!

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avatar stwebb

Oh, I forgot…you WON’T be able to transfer any tax info to TurboTax. So doing your taxes will be out with Essentials!!! Now that sucks!

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avatar Sheldon Troyer

Interesting – I tried it again, but could never get the option of entering a promo code. I was using Firefox, so I tried it again with IE – now I can enter a promo code. But I get the same issue as stwebb – says the code is expired.

Better luck next time.

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avatar Ciaran

Hi…this is my first time on your blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts. I do want to let you know that I tried to order the Quicken download and received the “offer expired” message. I was seriously considering switching over to Quicken Home and Business…..but Intuit won’t honor the discount code. Any suggestions? Thanks for all your good efforts and inspirations. I am subscribing to your feed.

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avatar Sean

@Erik I have to agree with stwebb. I have a mac and love it, but I have parallels installed so I can use Quicken for Windows (occasionally it is useful for other things as well). It’s really frustrating that Intuit can’t seem to get it right for the mac. I would say that if you are considering the Quicken Essentials for mac, you may as well just use mint.com. Intuit owns mint now and you will get pretty much all of the same features (and possibly more bank interoperability) for free.

There are other options out there for banking software on the mac, but so far I still haven’t found one that comes close to Quicken for Windows. Maybe next year Intuit will figure it out and get a mac version out that’s worth a damn.

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avatar Erik

I would very much prefer not having to run Windows in Parallels or Fusion for my financial software, but it certainly doesn’t sound like I will want to run Essentials. I’ve looked a little into iBank and MoneyDance, but it sounds like you all still really like Quicken… just not for Mac. It would be nice if you could trial run different solutions with trial information already inputted so you don’t have to waste time inputting your own information. Thank you, everyone.

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avatar Lee Herman

I switched to iBank a couple years ago and haven’t looked back. All the functions I need, at least as easy to use a Quicken and much cheaper. AND, my bank didn’t want to pay Intuit their “tax” to connect in Quicken format and Quicken doesn’t support the standard/MS Money download format. iBank does.

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avatar Investor Junkie

Inuit has always bastardized Quicken and Quickbooks on a Mac. I suspect this version will be no different. I’ve seen and used the previews and was not impressed. I’ve been a Quicken user since the DOS days (since 1990).

@Erik: I do exactly what you describe on my Mac. I use VMWare fusion to run Quicken for Windows. It actually has some advantages, than running on a Windows machine. It’s:
- more secure since I don’t run anything else in that VMware instance and keep it updated and have anti-virus installed. So no keyloggers or other viruses can get installed. I run Quicken and ONLY Quicken in that instance.
- I can take that image and back it up and/or move to another machine that also runs VMWare (Windows and Linux). VMware images work on all platforms.

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avatar stwebb

You know…I think I might give Quicken Essentials for Mac a try! I am actually having difficulties downloading into Quicken for Windows through Fusion on my Macbook!

It’s a bit too much and I truly hope Essentials will perform the basic functions I need to manage my checking & savings! I don’t do my taxes, so Turbotax is not needed!

I don’t trade stocks, although I maintain a 401k account!

If necessary, I’ll also use YNAB (You Need A Budget), for budgeting purposes.

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avatar stwebb

I’d really like to delete windows, fusion, and quicken for windows off my mackbook! I’ve got a tiny solid state 64gb hard drive and it’s too full right now!

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