There was a time when I thought that more money came from having more checks. All those terms like deposits and balances were foreign to me.
Following a period of trial and error, my husband fixed all that for me (I was the error that gave him trials). Since then I’ve been good at finding and using Mac apps that make money management more pleasure and accurate than painful.
Bills, Not Troubles
If you’re at all like most Mac users, complicated Mac money management apps are, well, too complicated, too expensive, and require too much of a learning curve.
Most of us want something simple that tracks expenses each month.
Checkbook apps are nice because they can help track your balance, but reminders on a calendar are much more visual and simply easier to understand.
My latest find is Bills, a very easy to use Mac app that helps you plan and track your expenses so you’ll know exactly how much month is left over at the end of your money.
If easy to use is what you’re after, look no farther than Bills. Can you read a calendar? Click a date, add a bill, when it’s due, and how much.
Even for those of us with fingers so slippery than money falls to the floor without touching, Bills has a sophomoric but totally usable interface.
Click the All drawer to see everything that’s due. Click Overdue to find out what hasn’t been paid yet. Click Paid to see a list of what you’ve paid already.
And, click Plan drawer to plan your monthly expenses.
Bills is deceptively simple.
The calendar metaphor makes it easy to see what bills are due on which days of the month. A single click brings up the flipboard which displays what’s overdue, what’s been paid, and what’s coming up.
As you become more comfortable with using your Mac to manage bills, you can add more detail to each bill item. Then assign bills to specific categories, and filter reports accordingly.
For a relatively simple app, Bills has a few things going for it. First, you can store Bills data in your Dropbox account. Second, there’s a Bills version for your iPad, your iPhone, even for various and sundry Android phones.
The only negative is that Bills for Mac is only available on the Mac App Store, and there’s no trial version. You pay for it, then you decide whether or not you like it.
Fortunately, Bills is likable. If Quicken and the various check-book apps are too much, Bills can make managing your expenses more pleasurable, despite the simple interface.