We use financial software to track our financial accounts and transactions. There are many programs created to serve this purpose. The two most popular ones are Microsoft Money and Intuit’s Quicken. I use Microsoft Money. It came with my computer a long time ago and I have been using it since.
There are also alternatives to these two commercial products if you need something more simple or if don’t want to pay for them. Someone asked me earlier if there was any good free product out there to keep track of financial accounts. I have recently found Finance Explorer from Metalogic Software. I read up on their features and description and the product looks good at a glance. Best of all, it’s free. Below is a screen shot. If I weren’t already using Money, I would give this software a try. Finance Explorer looks simple to use and can do the job of keeping track of my accounts.
Before Microsoft Money, I used Excel to keep track of my financial accounts and transactions. Excel is a great tool if you already have it. The great thing about Excel is that you can customize your spreadsheets. I have always liked to make my own templates to suit my needs. However, if you want to have something to use immediately, there are many templates available on the web.
Back in the days, I kept a financial diary on paper. I have found old records of my financial bookkeeping. I wrote down the dates of each month and next to each day, the daily expenses. I see dates going back to my childhood, but of course, there are many gaps. I am surprised I have started tracking expenses so young. I guess it’s in me, even as a kid to be organized and keeping track of my financial records.
There are many ways to help you keep track of your financial accounts – pen and paper, Excel, Microsoft Money, Quicken, and Finance Explorer. You can decde on the software or method, but the point is to keep track.