Can we ever have enough money?
Or be too thin or too good looking? Well, I don’t know, but I do know that I’ve struggled at times with money. It seems to slip through my fingers like water. The harder I squeeze to hold on to it, the faster it seems to slip away. But, I know that about myself, so I do what I can to stop the bleeding, so to speak. For me, the first step is tracking where it all goes. And, I mean, tracking every last dime. Nothing is too small or too big to count. Back in the day, I used to record every 50¢ can of soda I had at lunch and could tell you, to the penny, how much money I had in my pocket at any given moment.
Sadly, that was some time ago and I’ve slipped back into some of my old ways. But, now, at least, I know how to tackle the problem. In my case, the tool I use to capture my financial info has been Quicken, though I need the newest version still. What’s changed since I had this problem last, though, is the miracle of smart phones. So, I was quite thrilled to see PC Magazine review 6 personal finance apps. I use an iPhone, so I tend to focus on iPhone apps, like those reviewed in the article, though I’m sure there are plenty of Android apps, too.
I’m not sure I’m ready to trust an app that synchronizes with a website, like Mint.com, for my personal finance needs, but some of the other ones reviewed looked interesting to me.
So, how about you all? What do you use to keep track of your finances?
(Yeah, I know, not quite as “fun” as my regular Friday links, but I’ve been thinking about a more serious Tuesday post that just features tools of various kinds that I’ve used. Thoughts on that would be welcome in the comments, too!)
Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"Be careful about the bridges you burn, because one might turn out to be the one you later want to cross."