Free Alternative To Quicken

Dear Computer Lady,

I have followed you for years and learned do much about my computer. As an elder person I cannot understand a lot of what is written about some programs.

What I am asking is what is the best free quicken I can download to use for just my home checking account? There are so many on there but have so many attachments added on I am afraid to download one.

Thank you so much. Janice

Dear Janice,

There are a lot of quicken alternatives out there, and I totally understand your hesitance to download software that might come with unwanted extras.

If you search for “Open source alternatives to Quicken” you will find quite a few options, but I don’t have any experience with any of them.

The best free option for you might be software that is already on your computer, and will not be discontinued anytime in the near future, and that is your spreadsheet. You wouldn’t have to create a spreadsheet from scratch since Office already has a checkbook register template
https://templates.office.com/en-us/Checkbook-register-TM10190983
If you have Microsoft Office, you can use Excel, if not, you can use the spreadsheet program in a free office suite like LibreOffice.

Elizabeth

 

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