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Quicken 2011 Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for the latest version of Quicken? Here is my review of the newest version, Quicken 2013. Downloads of Quicken 2013 are available today.

I’ve been using Quicken for six years, and I have eight years’ worth of financial data in my files.

I had the opportunity to take the beta version of Quicken 2011 Premier for a test drive. After uninstalling my current version (2010 Home & Business) and installing the new version, it took less than two minutes to convert my data file from 2010 to 2011. Some of the business-related features are not available in the Premier flavor of the software, so if I decide to keep the upgrade, I would take the opportunity to “unlock” the Home & Business features. To be careful, I converted a copy of my regular data file rather than the “real” Quicken 2010 data. This will let me return to Quicken 2010 and consider buying the new version at a later date.

First impressions

I was surprised to see that the new version of Quicken now supports Direct Connect functionality with more of my banks. It looks like Quicken is using some of Mint’s technology acquired to increase compatibility with more financial institutions.

One great improvement that I’ve been waiting for since I first started using Quicken pertains to the interface. Quicken users have become accustomed to register screens that update slowly, particularly in investment accounts with a large number of holdings or transactions. My 401(k) falls into this category. I’m happy to report that there are no longer any delays in the register screen. The interface has been streamlined in addition to the increased speed. The account information for investment accounts is the biggest example of this. In Quicken 2010, each screen offered far too many navigation options.

The “Spending” and “Income” overview pages have been improved as well. I have about 60 active accounts in Quicken. Prior to 2011, the cash flow overview pages have not been close to accurate, and that could be due to the complexity of my data and I may even have some accounts categorized incorrectly. However, the new version seems to track my real spending and income much more accurately.

Here is my spending screen, with some of the numbers obscured with PhotoShop.

One of the more interesting features is a register view that presents all your transactions on one page. By default, this view lists each transaction across all your accounts, but you can customize the options to display each account type individually, such as only asset accounts, only checking accounts, or only liabilities. You can also customize this view.

Here’s what my net worth overview page looks like in Quicken 2011. Click on this image to zoom in.

Should I upgrade?

Here is the bottom line. If it’s been several years since you’ve upgraded Quicken, or if you’ve never owned Quicken and you’d like a powerful piece of software for managing your personal finances when free options like Mint are not enough for you, then Quicken 2011 is an obvious choice. If you are happy with a recent version of Quicken on your desktop, you might not want to pay for the upgrade. (You could win a copy for free; keep reading this article to find out how.)

Consider, however, that as far as yearly incremental upgrades go, this is the best annual improvement I’ve seen in Quicken for a long time.

Latest prices for Quicken 2011

Quicken Home and Business 2013Buy CD-ROM $84.99Download $84.99
Quicken Premier 2013Buy CD-ROM $79.99Download $79.99
Quicken Deluxe 2013Buy CD-ROM $54.99Download $54.99
Quicken Starter Edition 2013Buy CD-ROM $39.95Download $39.95
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Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010Buy CD-ROM $32.67n/a

Quicken 2011 giveaway

Note: this giveaway is now closed.

I am giving away four copies of Quicken 2011 Premier. Here is how you can win one of these copies. Each of the following will provide you with one chance to win, so you have a maximum of three chances. I was originally planning to give away two copies of Quicken 2011 Premier but Intuit has agreed to chip in two copies at their expense as well. Your chances for winning have just doubled!

Pls RT! Win a copy of Quicken 2011 from @luke_landes!

You must be over 18 years old and must have an address in the United States in order to qualify. The winners will be chosen using the random number generator at Thanks and good luck! The giveaway will end Thursday night, October 14, 2010, at 11:59 pm.

You can have even more opportunities to get Quicken 2011 for free! Investor Junkie is offering a 1 in 100 chance to win. Read his review for another opinion about Quicken 2011 from the pre-release version.

Intuit provided Consumerism Commentary with a copy of the beta version of Quicken 2011 Premier prior to this review and giveaway but have had no influence on the content of this review or form of this giveaway. Of the four copies of Quicken 2011 Premier, Intuit is providing two to give away to Consumerism Commentary readers. The others will be given away at our own expense.

Updated August 18, 2016 and originally published October 7, 2010.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Thanks so much for this review – we are long time users of Quicken (10+ years now) and wondered what was in the newest version. Haven’t upgraded since 2007 so might consider upgrading to this version!

avatar 2 Anonymous

The new version of Quicken sounds great. I’m currently using the 2010 Premier edition, and you’re right, the screens load slowly and there’s some “weirdness” in categorizing that shows up in overviews and reports. Would love to try the new version!

avatar 3 Anonymous

I don’t own financial tracking software, been using Excel and Mint. Would love to win the new version!

avatar 4 Anonymous

I would love to start using Quicken

avatar 5 Anonymous

Sounds excellent, I’d love to try it out!
Plus, the 15th is my birthday… so it would be like a present!

avatar 6 Anonymous

I’ve been interested in trying out Quicken, but just couldn’t justify shelling out the money for it when a simple spreadsheet has worked well enough. I’d love to be able to get a copy for free!

avatar 7 Anonymous

Have skipped the last few years of Quicken upgrades, maybe time for a change.

avatar 8 Anonymous

Would like to try something more powerful than
Thanks for running the contest.

avatar 9 Anonymous

I would love Quicken. Currently using Yodlee

avatar 10 Anonymous

Would love to get the new Quicken to help my fiancé and I get our budgets put together for the wedding, Thanks!

avatar 11 Anonymous

I am planning to finally jump from Microsoft Money to Quicken.

avatar 12 Anonymous

I love Quicken! Would love to have it to help manage my family’s finances (Between all of us, we have over 60+ accounts!).

avatar 13 Anonymous

Had to switch to Quicken after years of using Money. Would love to try the new version out.

avatar 14 Anonymous

I believe it was Quicken 2010 that combined the underlying data file with the attachments file (i.e., those receipts you can scan and attach to a transaction). My attachments file is huge, and I was hoping Quicken would offer new functionality in 2011 to delete attachments after a certain period set by a user, such as two years. Otherwise, the file size can become tremendous. That said, I really like the attachments option, as I’ve used it on more than one occasion to find a receipt that had otherwise been thrown out, and I was able to obtain warranty replacement/work due to having a copy of the receipt. It sure beats a shoebox full of old receipts.

avatar 15 Anonymous

I would love to get a copy of Quicken.

avatar 16 Anonymous

I use Mint and have been interested in other tools such as Quicken but as I work on my budget and debt elimination it’s been too rich for my budget!

I RT Twitter as well so count me in for 2 and thanks for the review.

avatar 17 Anonymous

I used to keep all my data in Money. In retrospect it was surprising to me how slow it was – a bunch of flashy UI that took a long time to load/run, but without that much functionality behind it.

I RT’d on Twitter so count me in for 2 as well.

avatar 18 Anonymous

Sweet Review – looking forward to the free copy that you are going to give me :-)

avatar 19 Anonymous

Still using Microsoft Money and am looking to upgrade :)

avatar 20 Anonymous

As a person that crossed-over when Microsoft Money was discontinued, I’m certainly looking forward to Quicken 2011. Clearly having it free would even be better :)

avatar 21 Anonymous

I have been using Mint for some time now, but I haven’t imported all the accounts. Would love to have the new quicken.

avatar 22 Anonymous

No doubt the likelihood of me winning is pretty small … but it sounds like Quicken 2011 is a pretty nice upgrade. Not, I suspect, nice enough to cause me to *pay* to upgrade from Quicken 2010, but a free copy would work quite well.
Does Quicken 2011 still prevent you from doing anything while it’s downloading new transactions? That’s probably my biggest annoyance with Quicken … I’d really like to be able to look at various reports and work on accounts while others are updating.

avatar 23 Luke Landes

Unfortunately, downloading your data still prevents other activities in Quicken, but you can use the external scheduler to schedule daily downloads at a tome you don’t expect to be in Quicken. They have created a new feature that will download stock quotes in the background every 15 minutes.

avatar 24 Anonymous

Actually, I’ve found that you CAN do other things while downloading in the 2010 versions like accepting transactions. I have been a Quicken user for over 20 years from the old DOS days. 2010 was a worthwhile upgrade for me because of 1)Single data file, 2)Speedier download of transactions, and 3)Increased stability.

Unfortunately, the interface up until 2010 hasn’t evolved much in recent years. From your review, it seems as if they are starting to incorporate Mint-like features and further performance enhancements into the product.

Although I typically only upgrade every 2 to 3 years because financially it didn’t make sense to pay for small incremental feature upgrades and bug fixes, I would love the opportunity to win a copy to take 2011 out for a spin.

Thanks for the review!

avatar 25 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. Current Quicken owner and love the software. Looking forward to the upgrade. Have they fixed the bug with the subcategories not being added into the main categories when it comes to budgeting? I know they work on the reports, but would love it to work with the budget on the main page.

avatar 26 Anonymous

Thanks for the review and the chance to win. I liked Consumerism Commentary on facebook, fyi. I also tweeted, but I protect my tweets, so there’s no good way for you to see that.

avatar 27 TakeitEZ

Great review! I hope I can get lucky and get a free copy. One Time!! lol

avatar 28 Anonymous

Great review, sign me up!

avatar 29 Anonymous

I haven’t upgraded Quicken in a couple of years, so this might be the time to upgrade.

avatar 30 Anonymous

Sign me up, I hope Quicken will keep making more significant upgrades…

avatar 31 Anonymous

do you know what the security implications are of having your bank information in quicken? I’m nervous about signing up for mint, because they have access to my accounts.
I’ve read the security and privacy stuff, and am not confident that someone breaking into their servers would be blocked from getting accounts and $$..

Thanks for the review.


avatar 32 Luke Landes

Neither Mint nor Quicken’s servers store your banking passwords. I don’t think there’s much to worry about. Even if someone is somehow able to access your bank accounts through Quicken’s connection, and that is highly unlikely, or manages to access your Mint account, it’s a one-way read only connection. I am not a security expert, but I’ve had enough conversations over the years with the Mint and Quicken teams to be confident that using either software is more secure than using a credit card in person or walking up to an ATM.

avatar 33 Anonymous

Neither Mint nor Quicken servers store the password, but they contract with Yodlee to store the passwords there. If there is a breach at Yodlee then credentials will be compromised. Given the lack of protections and rights that people have on brokerage accounts, I would never give anyone my login information to my brokerage or 401k accounts.

Bank accounts and credit card accounts are a bit different as they are checked more frequently and there are some more protections (although they may claim no liability if they find you gave out your password). Also I have less money in these accounts so I am a little less concerned. Still, I am only willing to store these in Quicken where in prior versions the password was communicated only between the Quicken software and the financial institution.

I have no doubt about the extensive security between Mint / Quicken / Yodlee. The chances are very remote that it would be compromised, and I agree that the solution is likely more secure than using a credit card or an atm (which are not very secure). It would never be worth the chance of having my life savings cleaned out to enable better tracking.

There are solutions to this problem that they could create that I would be more comfortable with. For instance, if you could create read only credentials for your financial institution and give those to Quicken. At that time, I would be comfortable.

Thank you for the review on Quicken 2011, I have been using Quicken for years and have found it to be a great tool. The Mint integration is a concern to me though.

avatar 34 Anonymous

I’m a new user to Quicken 2010. I used MS Money for years and loved it. I am having more trouble than I thought in adjusting to the switch. Maybe Quicken 2011 has the improvements I’m looking for. The above review sure seems positive.

avatar 35 Anonymous

Would love to win a copy. I have been using Quicken for the last 16 years. All my working life financial history is captured in Quicken. Thanks.

avatar 36 Anonymous

I’ve used Quicken after MS Money had expired and it’s been an okay experience. There are some issues with using it on Netbooks as the vertical resolution of these devices has issue with some of the non-resizable dialogs in the product. I’ll look forward to upgrading if it fixes these issues.

avatar 37 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I’ve used Quicken since v2.0 for Windows! (circa 1993). Currently on Q2010. A free upgrade would be nice

avatar 38 Anonymous

I’ve been using Quicken since eary 1990s. Could not get along without it. Your comments on Quicken 2011 surely sound great. I am using 2010 Home and Business and like it but don’t really need all that’s in the package.
Thanks for your review.
Jim Price
Retired U.S.Navy

avatar 39 Anonymous

I have used Quicken for the past 14 years and won’t be without it.
The last version will be wonderful to have.

avatar 40 Anonymous

I also use Quicken Home and Business 2010 and noticed that when I import portfolio prices manually from a file the screen doesn’t refresh only after restarting Quicken. Ironically, this problem doesn’t occur when downloading quotes from Quicken. In previous versions this wasn’t an issue; I hope in the 2011 issue this has been resolved.

I also shared this review with my friends on facebook. Many also appeared to be interested in the new version and are looking forward to the release.

avatar 41 The Latter-day Saver

Pick me. Pick me. Randomly pick me!

avatar 42 Anonymous

i don’t have tracking software, but always wonder if it just might help me. (=
thank you for the opportunity.

avatar 43 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken Home and Business 2010, and it is really slow with my accounts as well. I’m glad to hear that they have improved the speed and functionality of having many accounts. I look forward to upgrading my software!

avatar 44 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken from 1999 and waiting for a few features to be included. One of them is to attach your current property/asset value automatically to your loan account. For example, Quicken should be update the recent value of your car from 3rd party website or Kelly Blue Book site. Same thing applies to your home which could be updated from Now one have to update the value manually.

avatar 45 Anonymous

Nice review. I have Quicken 2009 and will likely upgrade to 2011.

avatar 46 Anonymous

I’m using Premier 2010 and I like it very much, but I do wish it connected to each of my banking accounts. I’m looking forward to the release of 2011!

avatar 47 Anonymous

Nice review, I have 2 credit unions that work with Mint but not Quicken, it will be interesting to try.

avatar 48 Anonymous

I am a UK resident and have been using quicken since 1996. I have spent the last three years attempting to upgrade my quicken 2000 data to a more up to date version of quicken. Unfortunately having bought both quicken 2007 and quicken 2010 they both automatically upgrade and change all the accounts into US Dollars (fine if you are a US resident and that is your currency – not much help to me). Finally today after 3 hours on the phone to quicken support in India a quicken supervisor admitted today that this had been a long term problem with all recent versions of quicken. I have tried selecting multi currencies and choosing £ Sterling as mI am a UK resident and have been using quicken since 1996. I have spent the last three years attempting to upgrade my quicken 2000 data to a more up to date version of quicken. Unfortunately having bought both quicken 2007 and quicken 2010 they both automatically upgrade and change all the accounts into US Dollars (fine if you are a US resident and that is your currency – not much help to me). Finally today after 3 hours on the phone to quicken support in India a quicken supervisor admitted today that this had been a long term problem with all recent versions of quicken. I have tried selecting multi currencies and choosing £ Sterling as my home currency but to no avail. I have tried creating new accounts and copying the data across which works for most of it but you loose all your transfers. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to solve this. I would like to remain a quicken user BUT when windows xp ends so will Quicken 2000. Also I would like to update my software to enjoy some of the benefits of more recent edtions. Does Quicken 2011 help on this or is it just the same? Can you help?

avatar 49 Anonymous

I have used old version of Quicken before. However, the manual updating accounts takes a lot of effort even if using qfx. Sounds like the new version solved a lot of those problems.

avatar 50 Anonymous

Interested to see how this version stacks up against 2009 Premier.

avatar 51 Anonymous

I tweeted. I just bought a house and having Quicken 2011 would be a great help to me right now.

avatar 52 Anonymous


I have been using Quicken sinse 1991 I upgrade every year I currently have Quicken rental property 2010. I will upgrade to 2011 it would be nice to get it free.

avatar 53 Anonymous

Thanks for the contest,

avatar 54 Anonymous


Great article. I’m still using my 2003 Quicken Deluxe version. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to Quicken 2011.

avatar 55 Anonymous

Facebook and Twitter mention as well.

avatar 56 Anonymous

Love my Quicken. Am on 2010 and probably own’t upgrade…but would love a shot at a free copy :)

avatar 57 Anonymous

Hope to win a new copy. Either way I’m upgrading!

avatar 58 Anonymous

Hope to get lucky with the giveaway :)

avatar 59 Anonymous

It is good to see some changes such as more direct connectivity to banks. For the last few years, it has pretty much been the same software packaged with one or two new gimmicks.

avatar 60 Anonymous

I’m eager to try out Q2011! Hoping I’ll be lucky in the draw. :o)

avatar 61 Anonymous

Thank you for this wonderful commentary. It is great to hear that this is an upgrade which I should consider. Devoted Quicken user for 8 years and update every year. I found your post very helpful. I do not know how to upgrade and protect my 2010 data like you did (so that you could go back) but I will still upgrade when the time comes.

avatar 62 Anonymous

Great article! Actually showing the graphics gives a good idea of how easy the program is to use! And the giveaway really shows how many people really read your articles and are interested. Nice work

avatar 63 Anonymous

I would love to win a copy of 2011!

avatar 64 Anonymous

I would love to try out Quicken 2011. Thanks for the offer.

avatar 65 Anonymous

Thanks for a great review

You have well stated some of my concerns about page response/refresh with quicken. I have been a user since the late 90’s on a much less grand scale than yours. Often I have tried MS-Money and always go back to Quicken.

I have been fortunate to always have a copy of Home and Business, although I don’t need that much!

Keep up the good work!

May I can win!


avatar 66 Anonymous

I’ve been a quicken users for years and I was hoping the acquisition of would mean that we would get an android/Iphone app to integrate this years version of Quicken 2011, similar to the now ended Pocket Quicken. I tried switching to Mint because my family uses their smartphones more than computers but Mint is just not detailed enough.

avatar 67 Anonymous

I tried Mint, but I didn’t really like the user interface, and there weren’t nearly as many options and tools for analyzing activity. I’ve been meaning to get around to looking at other options, and Quicken looks fairly straightforward, and easy to customize.

avatar 68 Anonymous

Thanks for the early look at Quicken 2011. I’m a Premiere 2010 user and usually upgrade every other year or after the price drops significantly towards the mid-point of the current cycle.

avatar 69 Anonymous

very well written, i have been so torn about whether to buy the 2010 or 2011 versions, and my wife is reluctant to use free online based programs like mint, for whatever reasons.

avatar 70 Anonymous

I currently use Quicken Premier 2009. I would love to upgrade to Quicken Premier 2011.


avatar 71 Anonymous

I use Quicken 2008, but I think this might be the year I upgrade.

avatar 72 Anonymous

I’ve been using quicken for over 15 years. Usually I skip version, but would love a free one.

avatar 73 Anonymous

Does Quicken 2011 allow for simple envelope budgeting? I update every year, hoping they add this feature.

avatar 74 Anonymous

I haven’t used Quicken in many years, but with Money now officially dead, this appears to be the best full-service software out there. I’d love to have a free copy!

avatar 75 Anonymous

Thanks. Has the one step update time been improved from the 2010 version?

avatar 76 Anonymous

I am still using 2008. Perhaps time to upgrade

avatar 77 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. Maybe it’s time to upgrade.

avatar 78 Anonymous

Great insight into Quicken 2011. I have been using version 2009 with some issues on a 64 bit Vista machine. I just received a new Windows 7 and am looking forward to switching to Q 2011 when released.

Has anyone noticed that more banks are requesting additional security questions which hampers the One Step Update?

avatar 79 Anonymous

Has anyone had Quicken 2009 freeze on a 64-bit machine after One-Step Update? Attempting any functions after Update, leads to extreme slowdown and eventual C++ Runtime Error message. I have been told that this might be due to a corrupted .net file. I know I can’t be the only one. I’ve tried unistalling and reinstalling, validating and super validating the files and find no errors.

avatar 80 Anonymous


avatar 81 Anonymous

This was a great review. I’m looking forward to seeing how Intuit’s acquisition of Mint has improved their Quicken product, which I’ve been using for over 10 years. I’ve shared this review on Facebook!

avatar 82 Anonymous

Looking forward to the new release since my Quicken 2007 has been cut off-impossible to even reload the old version. I’ve been a fan of this product for 25 years, and while I have transcended my business clients to the more sophisticated Intuit product with Quickbooks, I still use (or did until my computer upgrade) Quicken for my home finances. Sign me up for a free copy! It would truly make my day.

avatar 83 Anonymous

I used to love Quicken but fell out when banks started offering online banking. I’d love to experiment about using them again.

avatar 84 Anonymous

I had held off buying the Quicken 2010 software as I had read a number of bad reviews about it. As a result, I am months behind attending to my accounts and financial data in my Quicken 2007 software. Frankly, I was finding Intuit to be woefully inattentive to addressing seemingly simple inadequacies with their product as well as lacking in the ability to track common financial products, such as home equity lines of credit. I realize that Quicken can’t do everything but it should do the simple things without any glitches. Glitches such as having to reinput stock prices in a list of stocks because the software blanks the next line’s entry for no reason at all when one needed to update one line of a stock’s price! Then it would blank the price in the next entry, etc., etc. as you reentered the blanked out information. That simple glitch occurred over numerous updates of the software and should have been addressed with the next version. Anyway, I wasn’t aware that Quicken 2011 was coming out in the next few days so I was glad to see some positive remarks about the new product on your website. It now becomes a matter of upgrading to Quicken 2011 or continuing to enjoy the freedom from having to devote time to an increasingly frustrating product. A product that was supposed to make one’s financial life easier but had become an enormously time-consuming exercise in frustration. I do hope that Intuit has once again devoted itself to producing what was an excellent product. Thank you for the review.

avatar 85 Anonymous


avatar 86 OrchidGirl

I need to replace Microsoft Money. Sounds like Quicken might be a good option.

avatar 87 Anonymous

I love Quicken. Using 2010 now. I wouldn’t be able to manage all of my financial obligations without it!

avatar 88 Anonymous

excellent review – gives me reason to upgrade when 2011 comes out.

avatar 89 Anonymous

I would love a chance to get a copy of Quicken 2011. i have been a faithful user of Quicken for over 20 years, and I am currently using Quicken 2009, so I am close to the end of life on that version. I am also having problems with my version on windows 7 which I hope are resolved in the 2011 version.


avatar 90 Anonymous

I’m in need of an update…and a birthday present.

avatar 91 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I have been using Quicken for over 15 years. I love it They have made great improvements over the years. However lately their year to year improvements have been subtle and they have had too many bugs in their initial releases. It sounds like this one is much better. Inwill have to check it out. I would also love a free copy.

avatar 92 Anonymous

I also mentioned this on Facebook and Twitter!

avatar 93 Anonymous

Hi–would love to be a winner of quicken 2011. currently using 2009, which crashes nearly monthly. liked your article. makes me want to give quicken another chance…

avatar 94 Anonymous

Been there – done that with Quicken for over 10 years. Have seen and experienced both the good and bad versions. Presently using 2010 PC version with no major issues. Thanks for your review of the 2011 version :)

avatar 95 Anonymous

I’ve been thinking about Quicken now that Microsoft no longer updates Money. It would be great to win!

avatar 96 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. Has an improvements been made to update categories for all transactions. I have 15 years of data and re-categorizing is not easy.

avatar 97 Anonymous

pick me pick me!

avatar 98 Anonymous

Thank you for the review. I’d be interested to hear more details about the benefits of Quicken vs. I currently use Mint, but have had problems with it mis-categorizing by purchases and with errors in my account updates. There are still a few accounts that I have still yet to be able to link to Mint. Thanks again!

avatar 99 Anonymous

Looking forward to seeing some of the new features in Quicken 2011. I am still using an older version and this looks like the year to upgrade!

avatar 100 Anonymous

Been using Quicken since the days of Charles Givens – how about a free copy?

avatar 101 Anonymous

Excellent review. Will strongly consider upgrading to V11.

avatar 102 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. Wasn’t too impressed with as a complete replacement for Quicken, but it sounds good if some of the better aspects of mint appear in Quicken.

avatar 103 Anonymous

Thank you for the review. I am an abandoned Microsoft Money user making the leap to Quicken.

avatar 104 Anonymous

Additional banks might make it worthwhile.

avatar 105 Anonymous

Great, succinct article. Very helpful for those of us Quicken users, who were on the fence!

avatar 106 Anonymous

I just took over the book for our company and I am looking forward to using the reporting aspect. I believe this is going to help a lot. We have always used Quickbooks but not to its full potential.

avatar 107 Anonymous

Great post. I am adding this to my weekliy review.
Also, I’d be interested to hear more details about the benefits of Quicken vs. Mint.

avatar 108 Anonymous

I’m particularly interested in seeing if Quicken will automate the process of importing the data I’ve already got in Mint, along with the classifications

avatar 109 Anonymous

I would love to win this to help my family get back on track financially!

avatar 110 Anonymous

It took me awhile to find a good review with screenshots, so thank you for taking the time to write this article. Even the Intuit website did not have any information about the 2011 version. Funds are limited for me, and the last time I scraped up money to upgrade Quicken to the 2009 version. But I have been using Quicken since the early 90’s when it was a DOS version. It has really helped me simplify my finances, and keep on track with spending and income. I tried Money several times in the past, but found Quicken to be better suited to my needs. But I do like to customize everything I touch, so it sounds like Quicken 2011 is a worthwhile upgrade for me. If I could win a copy, it would really be awesome! Thank you for this opportunity to upgrade. Sincerely, R L Dial

avatar 111 Anonymous

I currently use Quicken D. 2009. Thanks for the info.

avatar 112 Anonymous

I’m glad they finally addressed the register performance problems!

avatar 113 Anonymous

does the new quicken 2011 still do financial & retirement planning

avatar 114 Anonymous

I’m looking at Quicken for the first time- thanks for the review. It helps distinquish 2011 from 2010

avatar 115 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken for years, thanks for the giveaway.

avatar 116 Anonymous

Excellent post and I it makes me very interested in purchasing the product.

avatar 117 Anonymous

Thanks for the giveaway!

avatar 118 Anonymous

Nice article

avatar 119 Anonymous

Thanks for a chance to try Quicken. Free is always good.

avatar 120 Anonymous

Nice summary of the new changes to Quicken. Hope I win one of the copies you are giving away.


avatar 121 Anonymous

Nice review…helps me decide whether to upgrade or not.


avatar 122 Anonymous

Have been considering the conversion from Money Deluxe to Quicken . . this may be the time!

avatar 123 Anonymous

Well, since MS Money threw in the towel, I’m looking for a replacement and a free one would fit the bill. Thanks for the chance.

avatar 124 Anonymous

Thanks for the review and giveaway

avatar 125 Anonymous

Been using Quicken since 2002. Would love to try the new version.

avatar 126 Anonymous

I use some personal finance software (generic) but it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep it up to date manually. I’ve been sniffen’ around Quicken / Quick Books because both my banks can download QIF files. Once its released i may try to purchase 2011 as i have never owned a copy before because of monetary reasons.

avatar 127 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. Think it’s finally time for me to move on from MS Money. It’s been a good 5 year run. :-(

avatar 128 Anonymous

I appreciate this review. I am looking for another desktop financial software since Microsoft Money will no longer be available.

avatar 129 Anonymous

Hey, count me in. I’m looking to upgrade my Quicken version.

avatar 130 Anonymous

Thanks for the review! Love using Quicken and it’s time for an upgrade.

avatar 131 Anonymous

Looking to use something more powerful than mint.

I liked your page and linked to this review on my wall in facebook.

avatar 132 Anonymous

Hi. I have been using 2007 Home and Business. Its good for ledger/journal and reporting. I wish Intuit would allow hitting the backend from using external tools, but hey, I’m a data guy. That would make dealing with QIF and CSV’s so much easier (when other QFX is not available or working.)

I use a spreadsheet for seperate monthly budgetting, since the 2007 version’s budget feature is not zero-based and spreads totals made once a year across the entire year making your monthly average look plus or minus (which is stupid.)

I look forward to seeing further comments on this version.

avatar 133 Anonymous

I am a Quicken user for over 10 years. Would love to try the new upgrade.

avatar 134 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken since 1998 and typically update every few years. I use Quicken for my personal accounts and also for a couple of volunteer accounts. I am currently using Quicken 2008 and was trying to decide if I should update to the 2010 or 2011 version. I read an article about the merger with Mint that could effect the 2011 version (this person decided to stay with his 2010 version). After reading your article, I believe that the 2011 version would suit my needs better.

avatar 135 Anonymous

Enjoyed reading and learning more about Quicken. It sounds very interesting and useful.

I will have to consider giving it a try.

avatar 136 Anonymous


I have used quicken for close to 15 years now. I upgrade every three years and this is the year. Free would be a big help.

avatar 137 Anonymous


avatar 138 Anonymous

great review. i’ll consider buying it – if i don’t win a free one!

avatar 139 Anonymous

Awesome offer, I am interested to have a copy of Quicken 2011.. Thanks in advance

avatar 140 Anonymous

Quicken has changed my personal finances. I now have and maintain a household budget. I look forward to the 2011 version.

avatar 141 Anonymous

I’ve been using Quicken for 10 years now. I usually upgrade every 3 years or so. I’m sure hoping they have changed a few things … like how I can tell what transaction is overdue? I see the little red flag on the account, but what is the transaction??? Several other small stuff like the ability to sort different ways, especially in the reconcile windows …

avatar 142 Anonymous

While originally difficult to use, I have grown more and more comfortable with quicken and have loved seeing my spending decrease as a result. It’s good to hear that some of the quirkyness is being resolved

avatar 143 Anonymous

It sure would be nice to have Quicken personal finance software e to replace my now defunct Microsoft Money software. Thanks for offering us the opportunity.

avatar 144 Anonymous

A really enjoy your site

avatar 145 Anonymous

I hope I win the free copy!

avatar 146 skylog

thanks…been a fan of the site for years

avatar 147 moneymatters

I would love a free version of Quicken, I’m looking for something to replace our old version of Microsoft Money anway! Shared the giveaway on Facebook, and tweeted!

avatar 148 Anonymous

thanks for the contest.

avatar 149 Anonymous

Great Contest. I always look forward to the annual update. Hoping this will be a bit better than some years.

avatar 150 Anonymous

Tks for contest
Sounds like good upgrade
Wish it had more integration w Mint

avatar 151 Anonymous

I use TD Bank…..and I do not get a consistent download. I hope this is Quicken and not the Td Bank at fault. I hope the new Quicken will fix this issue.

Thanks for the review….I will definately upgrade!! I was a Microsoft Money user for years, but I have switched to Quicken since Microsoft stopped supporting Money.

Again…great review!!!


avatar 152 Anonymous

I’m a longtime Quicken user, but with each upgrade I am always afraid of losing functionality that has been “simplified” or dumbed down, yet is instrumental to the way I manage my money in Quicken.

I use Quicken Deluxe 2009 today. If the random number generator gods bestow their generosity on me, would I be able to downgrade my Quicken file from Premier to Deluxe in later years?

avatar 153 Anonymous

Will I be able to import ALL my data entries from my existing 2005 Premiere to 2011 Home & Business?

avatar 154 Anonymous

I too have not upgraded Quicken H&B since 2007, so will likely do it with 2011. I’m curious if anyone knows whether they have improved the charting options for investments. This was always pretty rudimentary in Quicken, so I find myself having to go elsewhere for even simple charts.

Thatnks for the helpful review!

avatar 155 Anonymous

I’m running Quicken Home & Business 2007. It’s time to upgrade.

avatar 156 Anonymous

Thanks for the great review and the contest. I have Quicken Deluxe 2008 and have not decided if I will upgrade to 2011. Of course, if I am lucky enough to be win a copy my decision will have been made for me.

avatar 157 Anonymous

I’ve been using Quicken for about 10 years and typically upgrage every 2-3 years as the yearly improvements don’t usually warrant buying the yearly upgrade. Currently using 2009 Premier which has a lot of display limitations that hopefuly 2011 improves on.

avatar 158 Anonymous

Enjoyed reading your article. I have been a Quicken user since 2000, prior to that used Microsoft Money personal tax software. I liked the Quicken software and inteface better.
Let me know if I win a free copy.
Pls RT! Win a copy of Quicken 2011 from @flexo!

avatar 159 Anonymous

Thanks for the review flexo, I’m a Money user since my first days of computing in the late ’90’s and with that software going the way of the dodo bird I’ve been investigating my options. The free online services each have compelling benefits, but so far none provide what I’m looking for in a single package.

I also use Ultrasoft to sync my Money files to my pda/smartphone and would like to keep that very valuable ability in a replacement. So far it doesn’t seem possible. Does anyone know if there is a sync utility for Quicken?

Again, thanks for your service and, if I win at least I would be able to try it out at the best price…Free!!

avatar 160 Anonymous

Forgot to mention, I did “Like” Consumerism Commentary and shared this review on Facebook.

avatar 161 Anonymous

I have been a loyal Quicken user and am considering an upgrade from 2009. Based on your review, I may do it in the hope of increasing the speed of navigation.

avatar 162 Jon

I did all three options – comment, Twitter, and Facebook. Thanks for the contest and love the blog.

avatar 163 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken 2008, and am really considering upgrading to Quicken 2011. Thank you so very much for your thorough and thoughtful review! It has helped me decide to proceed with the upgrade! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

avatar 164 eichorsmith

Enjoyed the article as usual. Also tweeted promotion.

avatar 165 Anonymous

Sweet! I’d love a chance to test-drive the newest version.

avatar 166 Anonymous

I’ve been pretty happy with Quicken 2009, and decided against ’10 because of a pretty high percentage of bad reviews, plus spending the full price for only a 1-year upgrade without a lot of new features just didn’t seem worth it.

Since I’ll have to buy 2012 when that time comes to keep online updating working, maybe 2011 is worth a shot, since not only is the review here generally good, the commentary at looks fine too. Especially if you give it to me for free!

avatar 167 Anonymous

I really liked your unbiased review, particularly considering your having 60 accounts. I had about that many before I tried to import from Q for Mac. Now I only have a few as NO data transferred correctly + everything had be done from scratch. What you didn’t mention is that we can no longer upgrade + now must purchase a new product each year. Why am I not surprised by this? Because it’s from the same company that dumped most of its Mac users by coming out with ironically named “Mac Essentials” that lacked any essentials like paying bills or tracking investments.

avatar 168 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I’ve been using Quicken since the early 1990s and don’t know what I’d do without it. I have tried, but can’t use Mint because I live overseas and have accounts in three different currencies.

I’ve been disappointed with the Quicken upgrades I’ve purchased in some years – some were improvements; some were buggy – so I appreciate your review. For people who want to truly monitor and know where their money is going, Quicken is very much worth the investment. A free copy would be even better!

avatar 169 Anonymous

Haven’t used Quicken in about 5 years, would love to try the newer version.

avatar 170 Anonymous

I have 2010 and hate it, so I will surely upgrade to 2011, hopefully for the better.

avatar 171 Anonymous

Sounds great it’s about time Quicken got a real update.

avatar 172 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I was interested in 2 things, quicker categorizations and faster downloads and you answered both. I have avoided upgrading quicken for a few years but maybe now is the time!

avatar 173 Anonymous

That sounds like a sweet version of Quicken. Great review!

avatar 174 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I am hoping for a free copy.

avatar 175 Anonymous

I was just thinking about upgrading my Quicken as I was driving to work this morning. I had no idea the release of the new version was today. Guess the powers that be are saying “Do it!”

avatar 176 Anonymous

My biggest issue with previous editions is that Net Worth reports tend to get confused by internal transfers, considering them “income”. Yes, I know you can change that with each report generation, but it’s a pain.

avatar 177 Luke Landes

You can save your report customizations. With 60 accounts, I have trouble with internal transfers for cash flow reports, but my net worth reports are perfect.

avatar 178 Anonymous

Have been a Quicken user for many years. Like most of their features EXCEPT that the investment area is cumbersome and prone to error, and the reports section has limited ability to customize. Does this version make any improvements in those areas?

avatar 179 Luke Landes

I haven’t experienced errors in the investment area that I’ve noticed, but the handling of my 401(k) account has been spotty. I’m able to get the values right but I doubt the cost basis is correct. There are improvements in the investments functions, though. I don’t know whether your specific problem is solved.

avatar 180 Anonymous

Thanks for the thorough review – I was disappointed to not see more about one of their top selling features (and what I have found abysmally bad in previous versions): the cash flow prediction.

avatar 181 Anonymous

BTW – was happy to pass this along on FB.

avatar 182 Anonymous

Thanks for the review – am thinking about upgrading.

avatar 183 Anonymous

I’ve been thinking of using Quicken for my homeowner’s association, so thank you for the review.

avatar 184 Anonymous

Oh and I’ve passed this along on Facebook and twitter!

avatar 185 Anonymous

I’m hoping Q2011 is much less buggy than Q2010. Even after the updates, I still growl when it changes transaction amounts when I update payees or enter bills. It has been hard to trust it – especially after a transaction somewhere got wedged during a reconciliation and I had to go back to a previous day’s backup.

avatar 186 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I have not upgraded a Quicken version for a number of years and seriously consider to do an upgrade with this version.

avatar 187 Anonymous

I moved to Quicken 2010 after MS stopped supporting Money. I have not been pleased with the UI of Quicken compared to Money, but I do like, so if Quicken is more Minty, then I might have to give 2011 a try. Thanks for the review!

avatar 188 Anonymous

I just “liked” on Facebook and tweeted with the link to this article. Thanks!

avatar 189 Anonymous

Is this compatible with the Mac OS?

avatar 190 Anonymous

I’ve been looking forward to the next version of Quicken, after the merge with Mint. All the reviews I’ve read say this is the biggest incremental change in Quicken in years

avatar 191 Anonymous

Good comprehensive review!!!!

avatar 192 Anonymous

I have been using Quicken since the DOS days, and this product has only gotten better. Sure, there were a couple rocky years and a couple garbage versions, but as a whole, I’m totally happy and have continued drinking the Kool-Aid and upgrading annually. Thanks for a good review, it seems 2011 just popped up out of the blue.

avatar 193 Anonymous

I have used Quicken for 10 years; I generally upgrade every 2 years. I am using Quicken 2009 and it has worked well; however, it has its flaws such as very slow downloads, and it is buggy with downloading transactions and categorizing them automatically. I am hoping that Quicken 2011 corrects these flaws.

avatar 194 Anonymous

Thanks for the review! The slow register update issue was my main issue for returning 2010 Premier and going back to my old MS Money 2005. But with the loss of support for MS Money, I know I need to find a new platform. I’ll have to give Qucken another look.

avatar 195 Anonymous

Thank you for the review. I am looking forward to winning this software package so that I can utilize all of the new features. :) Thanks!

avatar 196 Anonymous

I have been a quicken fan for many years, and really love my 2009 upgrade, but I do not use all the functions. I have been looking at the 2011, and think this upgrade will be more user friendly and “Quicken” my way of keeping track of my financial picture.

avatar 197 Anonymous

Thanks for the review, I just switched from MS Money last year so I think I will wait another year before I upgrade. Unless I win a copy.

avatar 198 Anonymous

Good review, thanks… and a free copy would be awesome as I need/want to switch from MS!

avatar 199 Anonymous

on the fence about updating to 2011 version, free would be great.

avatar 200 Anonymous

Great review.

avatar 201 Anonymous

yes please

avatar 202 Anonymous

This was a very informative review. I just got the notice of Q2011 availability.

avatar 203 Anonymous

I just bought 2010 last week!
Can I upgrade to 2011 for free?

avatar 204 Anonymous

Maybe not for ‘free’ depending on the price you paid and shipping, etc., but since Intuit offers a 60-day refund policy, no matter where you bought it, you are well within that timeframe.

avatar 205 Anonymous

Would love to upgrade!

avatar 206 Anonymous

Finally, a decent upgrade from Intuit! Would love an upgrade, especially a free one.

avatar 207 Anonymous

Thanks for the review. I’m interested in understanding Intuit plans for Mint and whether or not they ever plan to support Billpay in Mint. For me, Billpay + Mint would be the ultimate in personal financial software!

avatar 208 Anonymous

Nice job with the review. Does it have a simplified budgeting option- example budget $100/mo for “Food”, but track through transactions that I am spending on Food:Restaurant vs. Food:Groceries. This has been a miss for me in the past – needed to use comments to help with reporting.

avatar 209 Anonymous

I’d love to try the new version of Quicken – hope I win!

avatar 210 Anonymous


avatar 211 Anonymous

I currently use Quicken 2009 Home & Business and have been a Quicken user since 1996. I’m debating whether it makes sense to purchase Q2011. I have several issues with Q2009 that haven’t been addressed/fixed in the patch releases (e.g., periodic crashes, excessive download times). However, the interface and organization of the software works just fine for me. I tried to use Mint – when I first started hearing rumors that the Quicken software may go by the wayside – but it just doesn’t have all the functionality of Quicken, nor did I like the fact that I couldn’t access my financial information without an internet connection (I travel frequently). I did not want to upgrade to 2010, given that Quicken will no longer support downloads past 3 years and have never really been able to justify the annual expense for what seem to be minor cosmetic improvements. I haven’t been able to locate an in-depth review of 2011, as expected since it has just been released, but would like to hear comments of anyone who may have had Q2009 experience and have made the leap to Q2011. Thanks in advance.

avatar 212 Anonymous

HAven’t used Quicken for a while, this new version looks good!

avatar 213 Anonymous

Thanks for chance to win Quicken 2011.

avatar 214 Anonymous

I look forward to using the 2011 software, great tips, thanks!

avatar 215 Anonymous

Been a long time MS Money person. getting thru this year with manual downloading of stock info.. loooking to convert to quicken premier to track investments and detailed financials.. Think this new version will help. also send MS money folks to Quickedn site for converting data as they have a detailed instructions sheet there in PDF…