Alright, I admit it. As the resident Mac360 Value Vixen™, I likes me some bargains. Why? Saving money on Mac apps means I have more money for more apps.
Oh, and extra money for clothes and dining out. And, maybe some extra cash to feed the kids. For Mac users no longer interested in Quicken’s ongoing Mac users shenanigans, there are other choices.
Seek Cheap, And Ye Shall Receive
In my never ending search for Mac apps with value, I received a tip from fellow Mac360 writer and sometime Paris, France resident, Carol Miller. Sometimes free isn’t better than cheap.
Carol told me to check out Economix because it was free and the icon was a pig. So, I did.
Indeed, the icon is a pig. Think plastic piggy bank. Think French.
Economix manages your money in multiple languages, one of which is English and one of which is Spanish, so I figured I’d be good to go. Free is free, right?
You won’t be wowed by either the piggy icon (I substituted for the one above—I like mine better… it’s a classy pig) or the Economix feature list. It’s a basic money manager.
How To Do It On The Cheap
Set up accounts, set up a balance, enter transactions, view ongoing totals, click to view a few graphs. It’s not bad, but it’s not Mac-modern. Floating windows are all over the screen.
Want to modify an entry? It’s a pop up window. Want to modify the color scheme? It’s yet another window. Want to see the colorful graphs. Yep. Yet another window.
Yes, it calculates balances and entries just fine, but Economix (great name, by the way), does manage to hog the screen.
Even the new Quicken Essentials, a far cry from cheap, and nowhere close to inexpensive, manages to keep most of what you want and need on a single screen (Mac screens are overly cluttered these days, hence Apple’s desire to move to a full screen mode in OS X Lion).
If you’ve really got a need to manage money on the cheap, there’s a more detailed look at Buddi, The Best Mac Money And Budget App. More features, multi-platform, same price—free.
Remember my motto: seek cheap, and ye shall find.
To go beyond Quicken, be prepared to spend a little money (unless you latch onto Buddi first). Take a look at The Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken.