Disclaimer: First let me state as full disclosure, I did receive a copy of Quicken Home & Business 2012 so that I could review it, thus while I am not being paid directly for this review, I did receive compensation (i.e. a free copy of the software).
Quicken 2012 My Right Hand Finance Tool
As most of my readers know, I live and die financially by Quicken, so someone asking me to review the new release of the software is like asking a Trekker to review a new Star Trek movie (yes I am also a geek). I have used Quicken for many years and it holds in it information about my financial life that even I have not looked at, but I do know the information is there (and thanks to the backup capabilities it is also safe).
If you don’t have a tool that you use to track your spending and your moneys I recommend this product (which is a rarity, I don’t usually say anything that definitive about anything). Quicken has helped me unravel the Gordian Knot that is my finances more than once. It hooks into most banks and credit card companies web sites directly, so you can simply download all the transactions and use it as a log book if you wish, or you can use the tools they give you to try to track your spending a little more closely.
Why Should I Buy Quicken 2012 ? (if I already have Quicken)
I must admit I should be careful here, because up until last year, my own mother ran Quicken 2005 for year after year with no problems (I finally bought her a new version, because her bank didn’t want to support her using the very old version). I find it useful to stay up to date with software releases year after year (easier to get patches and support), however with this release of Quicken you get the following benefits:
- Better budgeting: easier to set goals, save more, and stay in control of your finances with the fully redesigned budget tool. Yes, that is directly from the web site, but it is also true, so I have no problem stealing it from there.
- Improved bill and income reminders (?), well they have changed how it works that is for sure. It took me a little while to get the hang of how the new system works, but I was able to set up a recurring bill payment with a known end date, so that was a good test of the system.
- New larger font option, which is important for folks like me who need glasses to see and our eye sight is starting to deteriorate. I will be using this feature very soon (I those numbers are just too darn small for me to see).
- Redesigned debt-cutting tools (Home & Business only): create a customized plan to reduce debt. Easy-to-use interactive tools make it easy for you to stick to your plan. I can’t vouch for this one just yet, but I will be trying this one out in the near future as well.
All in all the software works very well (I have been using it for the past month), updates are working fine, and I am able to download from TD Canada Trust, AMEX, PC Financial and CIBC no problems, so I think it is well worth using.
Funny, my review last year got a ton of comments, anyone care to point out any issues they have with the software, leave a comment, I’ll pass it on to my contact at Intuit.