If you want to keep track of your money using your computer, there are several options out there for you. Computer software such a Microsoft Money, Quicken, and GnuCash can help you track your finances, do your taxes, or plan for a big purchase such as a car or home. Whether you just want to keep a simple household budget, or run the accounting for a small business, modern day financial software is the answer to a lot of the tedious chores involved with finances and accounting.
The two most popular suites of tools for Microsoft Windows based computers are Microsoft Money and Intuit Quicken. Both of these packages have their plusses and minuses, but are both robust solutions that will most of the most common financial tasks with ease. If you are in the market for a new desktop or laptop computer, you should factor in the inclusion of financial software into the purchase price. The majority of vendors will include one of these two products in the purchase price of a new machine, so if you are shopping for a new computer and have a preference between these two applications, be sure to read the fine print when you are shopping.
Macintosh and Linux users are not left out in the cold when it comes to financial software as well. For the Mac there are several to choose from, including Intuit???s Quicken Mac and MoneyDance. Both of these packages have been around for several years. Quicken is more common, and due to the fact that they cater to both PC and Mac machines, they have a larger market share and installed user base. MoneyDance is a bit newer, but has its share of fans in the Mac world.
For those of you out there into the open source thing who are most likely running the free and open source operating system, Linux, there is an open source solution out there for you as well. GnuCash is an excellent, robust personal finance application for *NIX based machines. Not only is it intuitive and easy to use, but it is freely available with source code! That???s a deal that can???t be beat!
No matter what kind of computer you use at home, if you want to organize your finances and simplify your accounting, be sure to look into the different software packages that are out there for the various operating systems that can help make you more productive, organized, and most importantly, profitable.