Otherwise, the rest of us are left with the realization that there’s too much month left at the end of our money. The easiest way to manage the money you have might be with the Mac CheckBook app.
The Checkbook, Digitized
Mac users can go the route of Quicken, or iBank, or another favorite, MoneyWell, but if your own checkbook is about all you can handle maybe it’s better to have an app that works like a checkbook.
That’s exactly what CheckBook does. While it does not digitally mimic a checkbook on the Mac’s screen, it does resemble the register that comes with a checkbook.
If you can handle that, you’ll love what comes with CheckBook.
It manages the math so you don’t have to. Simply set up CheckBook with your checking account numbers (or, any account) and record each check and transaction.
CheckBook does the math, balances the accounts, and even gives you an option to schedule entries in advance so you won’t miss a bill that’s due.
Every entry you make– from deposit to withdrawal, from checks to transfers– gets recorded in CheckBook.
Reconciling accounts doesn’t require an accountant. It’s mostly automatic.
That doesn’t look too difficult, does it? Click on either image above for a larger, pop up graphic with more detail.
All the tools at the top are self explanatory, and the basic options of Entry, Reconcile, Schedule, and Summary are visible from tabs on the bottom.
There’s also an option to display some basic graphs of your entries so you can see where the money is coming from and where it’s going.
Transactions can be scheduled automatically which makes CheckBook good for paying monthly bills.
And, if you’re a soon-to-be former Quicken user, CheckBook can import data from Quicken Essentials as well as OFX, QIF, QFX, and CSV files. The Mac App Store version also syncs data between two Mac using iCloud.
The Pro version costs a few dollars more but groups transactions into folders, and provides more reports on more accounts. This is well done, simple to setup and use, and it’s been around for years so it’s solid and dependable.