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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top Options for Free Personal Finance Software

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Top Options for Free Personal Finance Software

The days of using simple ledger books or off-the-shelf software programs are pretty much gone for most folks...though if you're like me, I rely on my online banking program to at least keep my checkbook balanced and its overdraft function to prevent payments from bouncing!
Below you'll find some popular online resources as rated by Kiplinger, Money magazine and other resources.  They are in no particular order and many of these I have reviewed in the past.


This highly-regarded online personal finance software, considered to be the best by many observers, permits you to register all of your bank and savings accounts, credit cards and investment accounts in one place. You can securely track and monitor all of your transactions. Filled with lots of financial applications and tools, this software allows you to generate weekly spending reports, email alerts, create personal budgets and set financial goals. Mint also helps you save money, notifying you of spending irregularities, hidden, late and overdraft fees, and credit card rate changes.


Organizing your financial accounts in one location is a vital GreenSherpa feature. You'll also be able to combine this free online personal finance software with the website's personal money management features. Valuable features permit you to record current--and project future--cash flow, synchronize transactions in your accounts, create budgets, track spending, and, even, collaborate with your CPA or financial planner to improve your finances. You can customize your dashboard to deliver the information you want.


Buxfer allows you to download and import transactions from other software, whether they are in Quicken, Excel or MS Money file formats. This feature permits you to move from other online personal financial software to Buxfer without losing time, patience or transactions. With mobile applications for iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Mobile powered smartphones, you can take Buxfer with you.


This software also acts as your personal financial assistant. MoneyStrands gives you the ability to import synchronized accounts, including credit cards, bank accounts, and personal or business loans online into one personal finance location. With synchronization comes the ability to keep your balances and spending data up-to-date, while identifying potential cash flow issues. Creating budgets, tracking spending, receiving alerts and designing spreadsheets is easy, fast and accurate.

If you find one of these you like, use it. Should you still wish to search, other popular sites are Rudder, Thrive, Mvelopes and HelloWallet . Finding the best online personal financial software for you will take a little time, but save you lots of time and money in the future.

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1 comment:

DAR said...

Fewer Americans have any money left over at the end of the month [inflation is higher then the FED reports-even gasoline jumped 50 cents a gallon where I live] that these resources will help keep track of every nickel we spend. Thanks for sharing.