Friday, 21 September 2007

software for managing finances

Dear lazyweb,

I decided to track our (mine and my finceé's) expenses more closely and I am in search of some software for this task.

The requirements for the software:
  • not to hard to use (I don't want to read a whole manual to know how to use it)
  • possibility to assign a category for a given expense (so I can locate problematic type of expenses)
  • can easily extract statistics (e.g.: top last month's expenses, expenses split per category)
  • appropriate for domestic (small scale) accounting
  • available in Debian (or will be soon :-) )
  • preferably GNOME/GTK based
I have never used such software before, so I am a total noob in this area. Please be gentile if I might have naively described the problem.

Thanks in advance!


SEJeff said...

Try out homebank, it is one of the best finance managers written in gtk on Linux.

Anonymous said...

Try homebank - currently on and awaiting a final fix to resolve copyright problems to get it through NEW.

mp said...

I have been using GnuCash for almost 4 years now and quite like it. It's not too hard to use, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

not gtk-based at all but very useful and easy to use: kmymoney

Anonymous said...

You could try Buddi, a very simple budgeting system, available as deb

silwol said...

I have been working with grisbi for a long time because it was very simple in comparison with the old gnucash version. Since gnucash passed version 2, I use it. Both are GTK based, debian and ubuntu packaged and rather easy to use. Gnucash has very meaningful statistics like the expense development on a monthly base (I can for example see my new laptop or my previous holiday very well in the diagram, but I don't want to post my personal finance situation here as you may understand :-) )

Samuel said...

I prefered grisbi because it had less dependencies than gnucash (and I don't use gnome, so), and also because the documentation of grisbi is well written and helps getting started when you don't know how to manage personal finances.
Based on a previous commentary, it might be that grisbi has less powerful functionalities for statistics, but I didn't look into detail.