Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Review: SimpleD Budget

I had the chance to work out a bit with SimpleD Budget , an open source budgeting tool for Windows.

It has a few bugs, is unmaintained, but is overall cool.

BUT, won't let you do any real planning beyond the current month, which is a fatal flaw in my opinion.

So, if you want to be a little bit bohemian, but not too much, then you can use this. At the beggining of your month, you set your expense objectives, you keep track of the spending, and at the end of the month your balance is carried forward to the new one and you repeat.

Nice, but not powerful enough for me. I have two options left: my custom Excel/OpenOffice file, or I can try the steeper learning curve of a more serious accounting program in Linux. I saw a few and I found them rebarbative...

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