In today’s tough economic times we could spend a pretty penny on Intuit’s Quicken, wondering each day whether the company will ditch Mac users. Again. Or, we can shop around, and start our budgeting and expense tracking with an app that does what Quicken does not. Manage money for free.
Spend Money To Watch Money?
Through the years I’ve used at least a dozen Mac apps to watch my money, and most of them had a price tag and did mostly the same thing. They recording my financial transactions.
If you’re just getting started using your Mac to track your money, then start at zero.
Zero? Buddi is free. It’s a personal finance and budgeting app which does not come with a price tag, but is aimed at those Mac, Windows, and Linux users who don’t want to spend much on managing money.
Buddi is open source so it’s free to download and use and comes with no restrictions or time limit. Buddi works but isn’t pretty or intuitive.
For an app without a price tag, Buddi is capable, and makes it easy to setup multiple accounts, manage a checkbook, and track expenses.
You’ll appreciate the scheduled transactions, simple reconciliation, and checkbook management.
Reports can be displayed as charts and graphs, though not as extensive as in money apps that have a price.
Buddi is free, simple to setup, and runs on Macs, as well as Windows and Linux PCs. Open source applications don’t tend to be as visually elegant as commercial apps, and Buddi is no different.
If there’s a negative, and it’s a big one, it’s Buddi’s reliance on Java, which is well known for security problems. That’s not why Buddi is free, but it’s one reason that Buddi is likely to never have a price tag.