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PearBudget: Online, simple budget management


PearBudget is an online budget manager that makes it extraordinarily easy to keep track of your money. The service doesn't link to your bank account, and doesn't import information from Quicken or other desktop accounting software. You actually have to enter your expenses by hand. But this is much, much easier than you'd think.

All you have to do is spend a few minutes when you set up your account entering your typical monthly expenses. And then each time you pay a bill or tally up how much money you spent going out to dinner or a movie, you enter that information. This takes just a moment or two a day, and ensures that you actually think a little bit about how you spend your money every day, which is probably the most useful thing any budget application can do.

PearBudget is not free. There's a 30 day free trial, after which you need to pay $3 per month to use the service, which might seem a bit steep for such simple application. But if you can live without the web interface, there is a free version of PearBudget. The application started its life as a simple but well-organized Excel spreadsheet, which is still available as a free download.

[via Boing Boing]

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