Saturday, February 17, 2007

Track your spending

I have Quicken on my PC but I have been on the look out for a web based free tool to track my expenses. I came across this timely post from lifehacker from which I discovered buxfer and clearcheckbook.

Both sites meet my expectations and are great tools for creating and tracking budgets & spending, though so far I prefer clearcheckbook because it is quite similar to quicken, while buxfer is more appropriate for group spending and shared resource tracking.

beauty of 2.0: Both sites added Kenya shillings within 12 hours of my emailing them this request and I am now able to see where most of my weekly money goes.

Another list of budgeting and financial resources.

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6 comments:

JabaBoeku said...

I have been tracking my expenses for 3-years running now! Together with my close pal, we designed & developed a custom-made application that just works for us.

The benefits have been tremendous (managed to cut down on excessive costs, rationalised my spending, saved &invested more).

Was recently checking out Ms. Money 2007 which is quite good, great features and consolidation of all your finance aspects.

Will def. review Quicken and see what it has.

Advice: Even without applications /web, simple mighty Excel will just do it!

Anonymous said...

hi, I downloaded MoneyManager by 8mobile.org(java)onto my phone, which makes simple records of daily transactions. I find it much handier coz I almost always have my phone and so will more likely record the transaction when I do it rather than at the end of the day, and it has a provision to email these transactions for the month to your email either in CSV format or Excel.

bankelele said...

JabaBoeku: I used to use quicken, but some weeks I never turn on my home PC (also negates simple Excel) . How does your app work?

JabaBoeku said...

@Banks:
Its a nefty application that I use to record my daily expenses.
key features include:
1. Expense tracking per category. Analysis is by date, period or category.
2. Ability to Self-define expense categories e.g. meals, transport, investments, capital expenditure.
3. Budget module: One can define monthly budget amount per category. Analysis is by %month remaining vis-a-vis budget amnt remaining
4. SACCO module for tracking my sacco contributions.
5. Banking module for bank accounts tracking
6. Investments module
7. Purchase list - keep track of items planned/purposed to buy - good list that has many a time prevented me form purchasing smthing I dont entirely need.
8. Loan module: Loan repayments tracking.
9. Module to keep track of extra (side) income.
10. Multi-user log in.

jke said...

How about JMoney? Also supports Kenya Shillings.

@JB: thx, will try to use the MoneyManager.

Adrian said...

thanks for the good links for tracking expenses. i'm now back to student life and definitely need to keep track of expenses. will make sure to check them out...

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