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Chapter 12. Personal and Business Manage... > Personal and Small-Business Finance

Personal and Small-Business Finance

Need a little help managing your money, balancing your checkbook, doing your personal or small-business income taxes, or tracking your portfolio? Here are several of the most popular Mac programs for managing your finances.

Quicken 2001 Deluxe

Unless you're new to computing, you've heard of Intuit Corp.'s Quicken ($59.95; www.intuit.com). On both the Mac and PC platforms, the name Quicken is synonymous with financial management for the home and small-business user. Like the previous versions (and there's a new one every year), Quicken 2001 Deluxe lets you track your checking, savings, money-market, and credit-card accounts. When you make transactions in these accounts, you enter the data into Quicken—either by launching the program or by running the stripped-down QuickEntry utility. As you enter more and more information, Quicken automatically memorizes your most common transactions and lets you reuse the information in subsequent transactions with the same person or company. If Quicken notices a particular transaction that recurs on a regular basis (such as a mortgage payment), it offers to create a scheduled transaction—automatically recording it each month or simply reminding you when the payment is due. When your statement arrives, Quicken makes it a snap to reconcile the account. And by assigning a category to each transaction (such as Groceries, Telephone, and Social Security), you can use Quicken's report and graph features to get a handle on your spending patterns, prepare a budget, or get ready for tax time.


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