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OK Hate to say it, but I am BRAND NEW to the concept of online money management. I do keep track of my portfolio on Motley Fool. However, everything else is done the old-fashioned way with checkbooks, paper receipts, overflowing files, etc.

Cann you "experts" give me some suggestions of what to use? Quicken? Microsoft Money? Others? How do I decide? HELP> Thanks much. Barbara
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Cann you "experts" give me some suggestions of what to use? Quicken? Microsoft Money? Others? How do I decide?

Both Quicken and Money are available for download and trials from thier respective web sites.

I suggest using Quicken first for a month then Money for a month. The only reason is that Money will read a Quicken file quite nicely but Quicken doesn't read a Money file.

I am a Quicken user. I tried Money and didn't like it and upgrade to the latest Quicken.

This is a no loose situation. The only thing you give up is some hours downloading the rather large files.

Godd Luck,

john
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Hi, you indicated that

"Both Quicken and Money are available for download and trials from thier respective web sites."

Are these free downloads, and if so, could you quote the URL since I am unable to find it throught the links in their homepages. I currently have Money, buy am not too fond of it. Thanks for your help on this.

--new to fooldom
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Looks like Quicken ended their free trial for the current version.
They'll probably do it again when Q'02 is ready.

See:
http://gigex.com/intuit/q2001.htm
linked from:
http://www.shopintuit.com/qstore/ProdInfo.ASP?BaseCode=QDW2001&SourceCode=WGLN1G41QGZZG072

Dave
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>>OK Hate to say it, but I am BRAND NEW to the concept of online money management. I do keep track of my portfolio on
Motley Fool. However, everything else is done the old-fashioned way with checkbooks, paper receipts, overflowing files, etc.

Cann you "experts" give me some suggestions of what to use? Quicken? Microsoft Money? Others? How do I decide?
HELP> Thanks much. Barbara <<

Barbara,

You might try Portfolio Record Keeper (PRK) software. You can download a trial copy of the program at http://www.quantixsoftware.com .

Jim
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Looks like Quicken ended their free trial for the current version.

Someone on the Mastering Quicken a while back had found Q00 for $4.95 mail order. Since the current version was Q01, the old version was very cheap. You might want to look at mail order software houses and see if you can get an old version of Money or Quicken cheap. If you don't like it, you aren't out a whole lot of money; if you do, you got your money management software very economically.

Disclosure: Using Q99 Deluxe, and see no reason to upgrade.

Patzer
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You don't say exactly what you want to do "online".

Have you checked if your local personal "brick & mortar" bank offers online services?

You might want to start with "Forbes" best of the web picks.

http://www.forbes.com/bow/b2c/favorite.jhtml?id=5

You can also track "multiple" portfolios at other sites such as
www.smartmoney.com
www.forbes.com
www.bloomberg.com ...and there are many more

If you subscribe to the WSJ or IBD you might want to subscribe to their web sites instead.

http://www.investors.com/
http://public.wsj.com/home.html
even if you don't subscribe they offer lots of free stuff.

You can also conduct searches at various search engines, such as:

http://directory.google.com/Top/Business/Financial_Services/

Hope this helps.
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A great place to buy Quicken--either 2000 or 2001--relatively cheaply is http://www.softwareoutlet.com/main.html . They have all sorts of programs (all topics and games) but most are a bit older and/or have newer versions that are available. I suppose that they are now "surplus". But I say "So what!" when it comes to checking out a program. If I really love it, and the newer version has some absolutely must-have new feature--not usually--I'll then upgrade to the new one. I've been very happy with them so far. And it seems like a win-win situation to me.
HTH, KahnQuest.
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