Quicken was the way to manage money on a Mac. Intuit stopped publishing Quicken for a few years. Mac users found alternatives. The Mac as platform prospered and grew to record numbers. Intuit brought Quicken back to the Mac and then mostly ignored it. Again. If you want an alternative to the yo-yo experience, try this app.
MoneyBag For Money Baggers
If you’ve had with Intuit’s on again, off again, on again, off again maltreatment of Mac users, take a look at an affordable alternative in MoneyBag.
If Intuit got their act together and committed to a new Mac app this one could be called Quicken Jr.
MoneyBag is less expensive than the latest but aging Quicken. The interface is simple and elegant, almost inviting; account categories are easy to setup and fully customizable.
Transactions can be added in seconds. Set up a budget for category and track what you spend, and get alerts when you hit 70-percent and 90-percent of the budget.
A single click gives you an instant way to see your expenses lumped together. Setup MoneyBags (savings plans) to watch savings grow.
The attractive interface makes it easy to move from Budget to Expense to Monthly expenses and Savings with a click.
MoneyBag pays attention to money management techniques; especially those related to financial objectives, savings, and emergency funds.
Built in are ways to setup a fund for a car or home, create and emergency fund, or plan for a retirement. It’s a good way to allocate money to savings rather than credit card payments.
As simple as MoneyBag looks on the surface, there is quite a bit of detail built in with Notes, Tags, and Locations so you know where the money went and why.
A useful array of reports and charts are a click away and each gives you a quick overview of budget, expenses, savings, and a monthly report. MoneyBag even has reminders so you won’t miss a payment deadline.
Repeat transactions are the norm for modern life and MoneyBag handles those with ease. The Quick Look Bar at the top is an instant way to see how you’re doing against the budgeted amount.
Wait. There’s more.
MoneyBag has a free iPhone version which syncs up with the Mac version so you can carry your money numbers wherever you and your iPhone go. There is a trial version for the Mac, and it’s also available in the Mac App Store.
The only issue I’ve run into with the iPhone version is an intermittent inability to sync data. Sometimes works. Sometimes does not. Not sure why. Otherwise, MoneyBag makes for a good alternative to Quicken and has an iPhone version (take that, Intuit).