How many ways are there to count your money. If your money is going down and your bills are going up, it probably doesn’t matter.
If you want to keep more of your hard earned money and not give it to Intuit for yet another version of Quicken, there are options. The latest is a Mac, Windows, Linux money guru that kinda sort manages your money.
The Money Guru Guru
Without a doubt we need a class for Mac app developers to learn how to create names for their apps. A guru should have great knowledge and wisdom in a particular subject matter.
MoneyGuru is a free Mac money management app that “is loosely based on the double-entry accounting method.”
Hello? Loosely? Isn’t that what gets financial guru wannabes one way tickets to Brazil or Argentina or Switzerland?
Furthermore, a guru should have knowledge and wisdom to impart. MoneyGuru simply takes information, stores it, displays it on command, and while we’re not looking makes a few calculations here and there.
To be honest, the name notwithstanding, I’m impressed with MoneyGuru (considering the price tag). There’s eye candy with charts and graphs.
Every account you create in MoneyGuru is an account, not just a category. If you’re a bean counter then you know that gives you more flexibility in moving beans around (hence the need for those one way tickets).
Keyboard shortcuts make it easier to navigate MoneyGuru which also uses auto-completion to speed up entries and transactions.
I’m also enamored with the capability of future entries. Uh huh. It’s what you think.
Create future transactions and get a picture of what your financial situation will look like in a future date.
That’s perfect for knowing how much money you’ll have on hand when your Wall Street inspired pyramid scheme begins to fall.
All things considered, MoneyGuru is a substantial value.
First, it’s free. Second, it runs on Macs, Windows PCs, even Linux (they like Ubuntu, don’t you, too?). Third, it does future entries. And fourth, it even imports those pesky QIF, QFX, OFX, and CSV files that everyone so loves these days. What? You haven’t collected QIF files from your many years of using Quicken?
Dial ‘M’ For Money
MoneyGuru is decent, easy to set up, and good for more than managing a checkbook. But I refuse to decapitalize the M in moneyGuru. Enough already.