Most of what made Quicken the Mac’s once-favorite money management app were the basic features of tracking income and expenses. Alas, Quicken’s company, Intuit, has a business model that works better for them and doesn’t include much attention to Mac folk.
That explains the dozens of Mac money management, checkbook, and expense tracking apps that have flooded the market in recent years. Quicken left the Mac for a few years, and that vacuum has been filled. What you’re after is a Mac app which tracks expenses and income, is easier to setup and use, and doesn’t cost as much as Quicken.
Enter MoneyControl, a remarkably robust Mac app for money management. No, you won’t track your stock portfolio or calculate your net worth in MoneyControl. That’s because it’s all about tracking expenses, which is where most of us could use a little help, and where most money management apps fail; they’re not user friendly.
MoneyControl handles both income and expenses and makes it easy to add each to various accounts. Setup recurring payments for regular bills. Categorize expenses and payments using your own category names.
New income or expense entries can be created with a couple of clicks, and a couple of clicks reveals where the money came from and where it went.
Think of this little app as a high powered digital checkbook at a remarkably affordable price. It starts at free so you can check out the basic features, but the whole shebang is about 75-percent less than Quicken, and there’s no arduous learning curve.
Alright, so it’s a nice Mac checkbook app with a few features. There are plenty of those around so what makes MoneyControl worthwhile over others, and especially over Quicken?
MoneyControl runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and your data can be synchronized between devices using Dropbox. We live in the age of mobile devices. When was the last time you took your Mac to the grocery store or the mall? That’s why an iPhone version of MoneyControl makes the whole package more valuable. It’s not iBank, but it does much of what Quicken Essentials does for far less money.