As the tax deadline in the US draws near those rushing to meet the deadlines are probably well aware now of exactly what your financial status is from the last year. Tax time for me usually means that I reevaluate my spending and savings and look at revitalizing my budget. There are some excellent cross-platform apps that I think work even better than the clunky old standards. Here is a quick rundown (that is by all means not a comprehensive list) of a few apps you can use to manage your budget and your finances:
- GnuCash – GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income, and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. It is backed by an active development community and is blossoming into a full-fledged accounting system. GnuCash has also released a Windows binary. GnuCash is open source and free.
- Buddi – Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program, aimed at those who have little or no financial background. Buddi will run on almost any computer which has a Java virtual machine installed. This can include Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux, and many other operating systems. Buddi is released as an open source application and is free (donations accepted).
- PearBudget – Free while in beta, PearBudget is a simple system that helps you build a clear spending plan and track your spending record. It removes all the overkill in other financial apps and just helps you track a budget. A wizard interface and simple language takes the frustration out of planning (and sticking to) a budget. Multiplatform.
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