Maybe I am the only person on the planet who doesn't like Quicken, but I just don't like it. I readily admit that maybe I just didn't have the patience necessary to set it. But, at this point it's 'whatever' because I have found two great, free, online money management programs that I absolutely love. The first one is Mint--and I'm sure most people have heard of it. The second is SpendingDiary.com. Both are links on my blog.
Mint allows you to see all of you accounts in one place. You can download bank accounts, retirement accounts, credit cards, mortgages, student loans, you name. All of your money and debits are all in one convenient place. Mint also sends you emails when there are any changes to your accounts. Additionally, you can set up your monthly budgets, set alerts, etc. I love Mint and cannot say enough good things about it. Did I mention it is free?!
The other online money management program I use is Spending Diary. I only use this program to keep tracking of my entertainment/eating out spending because all of my bills are accounted for in my spending plan. I love this program because it is so simple and so dead on for what I use it for. I can enter my spending for the day, along with the name of the item I bought and what category it falls into. At the end of the day, week, or month, I can generate a report that shows me what I spent in each category and the total amount spent. I love the simplicity of this program.
Both programs are extremely convenient because you simply go to the website and log in. I would recommend these programs to anyone who is looking for a simple way to keep track of his/her finances.