The trend to provide free applications on the Internet is catching on. We are all aware that several office productivity suites are available, at no cost on the Internet, making Microsoft nervous about gradually losing its stranglehold on its profitable niche. Such is the case of widely known software like OpenOffice, Google Docs, and Zoho.
Recently, another popular personal finances software joined the bandwagon. I’m talking about Quicken from Intuit. I used this simple and user-friendly software several years ago and was quite satisfied with the way it worked. Unfortunately, I lost my job and of course my income evaporated. There was nothing to manage, so I let Quicken go.
Now that I recently retired, I think it’s time to go back to Quicken and make every penny count. Inflation is a retiree’s worst enemy. If you don’t take care of your budget, inflation will gobble your whole paycheck. Every time I read the news, I have chills all over my spine. It’s not a safe world out there. When behemoths like Lehman Brothers, Merril Lynch and Bear Sterns go belly up, it’s time to take a closer look at your paycheck.
Considering this unsafe scenario, I was so excited when I found out that Quicken Online, the web-based version of the popular personal finances software, is no longer charging a monthly usage subscription fee. The company is still selling, as completely separate products, software versions of Quicken; like its competitors Wesabe and Mint, it’s now available for free with an iPhone app on the way.
In case you are a newbie with Quicken, please click here for a comprehensive review written by Lifehacker dubbed, Manage Your Money With Quicken Online.
I can still remember mom saying, “Omar, a penny saved is a penny earned.” Good Day.