Win a copy of Quicken 2011!
I think the biggest drawback of Quicken is the price – so most personal finance bloggers out there have opted for free methods such as spreadsheets, or some sort of online tracker like mint.com. But now with this contest, you can try out this incredibly in depth software for yourself!
Quicken is by far, my favourite personal finance software – and in my opinion, is completely worth the money. It has kept my money organized off and on for the past 4 years, and recently I was lucky enough to be able to reinstall it onto my computer. Most of you know how much I love Quicken; it’s one of the only pieces of software that I fully recommend to anyone who asks.
There are many new and enhanced features in Quicken 2011, which means less work for you and greater flexibility. The first thing I noticed about the new Quicken is that the interface is much more user-friendly. The pie charts and graphs are pleasant to look at, and the organization and breakdown of everything makes it a lot easier to understand. So if you like the look of mint.com, you’ll like this new Quicken.
Quicken 2011 focuses on ease-of-use, speed and accuracy, allowing users to:
- See all accounts in one place: A 360-degree financial view brings together all accounts, including bank, credit card, investment and retirement, to give users clear insight into where they stand.
- Customize screen views: A modern, customer-friendly design and iTunes-like transaction registers make sorting and searching fast.
- Evaluate spending habits: An improved, automated engine categorizes transactions with accuracy exceeding 90 percent.
- Clearly count transfers: Credit card payments are automatically matched to transfers from checking or savings, so they’re not double-counted.
- Set up in just minutes: A streamlined setup process adds bank, credit card and investment accounts in just three steps. The simple automatic data import from previous versions of Quicken cuts out steps and saves users time.
- Create simple budgets: Based on an individual’s historical spending, personalized budgets make it easier to stick to and track against budgets.
- Never miss a bill: Personalized bill, expense alerts and a graph to project cash flow help users avoid late fees and penalties.
- Plan for life’s goals: Whether helping users get out of debt, work toward retirement, or create a customized plan, Quicken helps create a clear, actionable plan.
- Know how investments are performing: Stock quotes are now automatically refreshed every 15 minutes.
- Support for more banks: Automatically downloads transactions and account balances from nearly every bank and credit union in the U.S. – 12,000, up from 5,000.
So up for grabs are:
- Two (2) copies of Quicken Premier (MSRP $89.99) – For investors and those who manage investments and want to plan ahead for tax time.
- Two (2) copies of Quicken Home & Business (MSRP $99.99) – For people who want to track tax-deductible business expenses, and see profit and loss at a glance (this is the one I use)
There are THREE ways to enter (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
- One entry: Comment on this blog post. Leave your e-mail address if you’re anonymous.
- One entry: Tweet about the contest (and link back to this post).
- One entry: Blog about the contest (and link back to this post).
- Open to U.S. and Canadian residents, but please note that this the U.S. version of the software.
- You are only eligible to win one prize.
- Contest closes October 31st, 2010 at midnight PST.
- The winner will be picked using Random.org.
- I will announce FOUR WINNERS on this blog during the first few days of November.
- If you are an anonymous commenter, please remember to leave your e-mail address in all of your comments, otherwise your entry will be disqualified.
Spread the word around, and good luck! :)
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.