TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Where is all my money going? This question is easily answered with this personal finance software as every transaction is recorded, tracked and categorized. These categorized transactions can be viewed in graphs and charts that are easy to read and understand. Quicken Starter Edition reconciles your bank and credit cards in one place to organize your budgets with ease. Bill reminders and upcoming payments are automatically scheduled alerts sent so you never miss a payment again. Quicken personal finance software is useful for money management and wins the TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.

There is a free mobile app so you can see balances and budgets from anywhere that you take your phone. Quicken will send you email and text alerts about any changes or suspicious activity in your accounts. Budgeting is flexible. It is easy to look up transactions. And you can hide any non-essential and closed accounts from your day-to-day financial view.

Ease of Use
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Quicken Starter Edition is easy to install use. It's not packed with a bunch of clutter, so finding what you need and figuring out how to use features is a snap. This personal finance software is designed for you to spend some time setting up the system, downloading account information and categorizing expenditures. After that, Quicken Starter Edition does the rest.

Banking & Bills
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This personal finance software has a superb online banking section that allows you to do all of your banking and manage multiple accounts. With Quicken, you’ll have instant access to thousands of banks, credit cards and other accounts. Another convenient feature is the ability to connect to and manage PayPal accounts. There is also a calendar view to help you better budget and pay bills on time. Through Quicken Starter Edition you can nearly do all your banking without taking another step into your local branch—transfer money, reconcile accounts, pay bills, budget expenses and write checks.

Reporting
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Quicken Starter Edition can produce a variety of cash flow reports, tax reports and net worth reports, so you will know where your money is and where it’s going. These reports are priceless when planning your finances. These reports are key to budgeting, spending less than your income and meeting financial goals. These reports will also be beneficial when tax season approaches, as all reports can be broken down into monthly or annual numbers. When annual reports are available, they can also be compared to the reports of last year so you can see exactly how your spending habits have changed. Furthermore, improvements in this personal finance software allow you to archive important documents for easy access and eliminate folders and file cabinets. 

Archiving & Security
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Quicken provides all the options necessary to backup, archive, and secure your data. Quicken also offers an online backup service for an annual fee, where you can store your files securely on their servers in case of catastrophe.

Tax Options
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The tax features available in Quicken Starter Edition are top–notch. Because Intuit also produces TurboTax, the two programs work together. Quicken will import all of your financial information directly into TurboTax. Other helpful tax elements include the ability to categorize expenses as tax deductible. This is a great feature for people who itemize their tax returns. You don't have to spend hours or even days finding all your deductible expenses at tax time.

Personal Investing
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This personal finance software doesn't support management of an equities portfolio.

Help & Support
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We tested the online technical chat support and were immediately connected to a support agent. Quicken personal finance software also has a dedicated YouTube channel with help topics ranging from importing Microsoft Money files to personal finance tips.

Quicken Starter Edition Summary:
8.9/10

Quicken Starter Edition is great personal finance software if you're looking for the basics. The free mobile app is convenient. Email and text alerts allow you to monitor changes so that you can quickly intervene if necessary. You can keep your view of accounts uncluttered by hiding any accounts you don't need to see every day. If you need to track investments, you can upgrade to Quicken Deluxe.

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Quicken Starter Edition 2014

Pros
Quicken data exports directly to TurboTax.

Cons
Starter Edition is a good place to start but you will need to upgrade to gain access to a richer set of features.

The Verdict
: 8.88/10

Quicken allows you to track your finances with ease and convenience.