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*Had* to Update Quicken

April 17th, 2015 at 09:34 pm

I bought Quicken Deluxe in 2012 at Costco for $20.
I had never used Quicken before and quickly fell in love with using it. Honestly, I open and update our accounts in Quicken probably three to four times each week. I love the colored charts and how easy it is to track every penny. I also use it to plan my bill paying a month ahead of time.
It's like a game for me when I'm on Quicken. Smile
(My DH has even referred to me paying bills/accounting as "playing on the computer"!)

About two months ago I started getting messages about how if I didn't update to the latest edition I would lose the ability to download transactions directly into the program. This is a big deal for me. It saves mucho time to just click a button and have all my financial accounts updated. Oh sure the program would still work after May 1st; I'd just be manually entering all transactions.

Had I known at the beginning of the year they would shut off the auto downloading I might have bought it at Costco again. They have Quicken on special every January. I checked the price now - $49.99.

The biggest rip-off is the maker of Quicken - Intuit - says "upgrade now and we will give you $10 off". The cost on their website is $74.99, so $64.99 for all the loyal current customers. The highest price out of anywhere I checked.

Last night I broke down and purchased the 2015 version through Amazon - downloaded and installed it with about three clicks. That process was very easy and smooth.

So far the new version works the same as the old one that I was quite happy with, plus these "improvements".
* The chart and graph colors are in a new color scheme - whatever. Rolleyes
* Some things have been moved from one side of the screen to the other - I find that annoying.
* I get my credit score listed in the side bar - wow (not).
* You can access your account from your phone - I opted out of that for now as I want to try to limit exposure to sensitive account info.

It cost $39.99 on Amazon. BUT, I still had gift card money from the CC rewards so it cost $0!
*Silver Lining* Big Grin

And honestly, $40 every three years for something I use so often is a good deal. I just hate being pushed into it.

3 Responses to “*Had* to Update Quicken”

  1. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    I like Quicken a lot. I am the treasurer for my parish's CCW group and also for the Cub Scout Pack. I obviously use it for my household as well.

    Sounds like a smart investment to help with money management. Smile

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Now you know and can plan ahead for next time. It's only supported for 3 years. Regardless of the convenience factor, I know we save more than we will ever spend on the software. (All the convenience and time saving is just gravy!).

    The thing is they usually offer you 10% off initially but eventually will offer 50% off if you wait long enough (like now). I've just been buying through Amazon though since it seems a better deal. (I usually pay $29.99 and even then just pay with credit card rewards).

    I Was just wondering if I should upgrade this weekend. I bought on sale in January but have yet to install. I guess it's now or next weekend.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Yep, now I know.
    And it is totally worth it! Smile

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