Microsoft Money Plus for
Mike Simons, a professional driver, reviewed Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe, version 17.0, specifically for a computer with a Microsoft XP Professional operating system. He shared why he likes and uses this personal finances and money management software program.
In a nutshell, I have found this program ideal for anyone who wants to manage money and personal finances in the least amount of time possible.
Like many software programs, this one has section "tabs": home page, banking, bills, reports, budget, planning and taxes. I will cover each of these in depth.
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Home Page
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Banking Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Bills Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Reports Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Budget Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Planning Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Review of the Taxes Tab
Microsoft Money Plus: Pros and Cons
|These are many wonderful
features that I have at my fingertips if I choose to use them. There
are a few that I really like to use, so those are what I spend time
using regularly. Account setup is very easy to do, which I have found
takes five minutes or less to get going.
A nice feature that saves me time is the download feature of account information. When I come home for the weekend, it takes me less than five minutes to handle all the financial details that have been added to our accounts during the last week. This is especially nice for financial investments of stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and the like.
Account balancing takes me less than five minutes total to do each month. It's important to balance to the penny, so that's what we do. If there's a problem, Money alerts me to this and helps me find out where the problem exists.
|Note: This product is no longer available for sale. Please consider using this product instead.
One disadvantage that Microsoft Money Plus has relates to enhanced security. We have one bank account that has our UserID on one page, but we have to enter our password on the second page in order to gain access to the actual account center. However, this is a minor inconvenience to us as we are able to download directly into Money, and transactions go directly to that account.
Another disadvantage to Microsoft Money Plus can be the information overload. There are so many links and forms available that you can almost drown. However, they are there if you choose to use them. The important thing to remember is that it is up to you to take control of your financial future and to know where you stand, if you will be honest in setting up accounts and common categories. If you don't find something that you like, you can make one. We have customized our financial data to meet our needs.
The learning curve can seem a little daunting, but once you start working with the program a little at a time, it's quite freeing! If a family can spend a little time working together, your net worth can grow and debt freedom can become a reality. I used Quicken many years ago but have become accustomed to Microsoft Money Plus. Even if we have to pay for upgrades every 2-3 years, it's worth the small extra cost to me (about $30). Why? Because I can save time and use that for something else more important. The key is that you find and use desktop financial software that works for you.
Note: Since this page was written, Microsoft Money announced that it was no longer going to service online updates. Personally, we have now started using a different personal financial software program.
Money saving tip: To save money on software that may not be right for you, look for a place where you can download and use the personal finances software on a trial period basis.
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