What Are Quicken’s Best Features? - dummies

What Are Quicken’s Best Features?

By Stephen L. Nelson

Quicken 2012 has become more and more complicated over the years, so it may be fair to include a few sentences that review its most valuable and least valuable features. As far as what’s best or most valuable, its checkbook feature is still clearly the most valuable.

If you should use one feature in Quicken, it’s the checkbook stuff. (To do so, set up a bank account for your checking account and then use Quicken to keep track of your balances, income, and expenditures.)

Intuit, the maker of Quicken, provides pretty neat stuff at its Quicken website, so that feature is the second best. You can have more fun and more success with Quicken.com by exploring the site on your own.

The Quicken financial calculators are also really valuable. If you’re willing and able to do just a bit of planning right now, you’ll be truly amazed by the positive impact that planning has on your financial affairs a few years down the road.

So this leads rather nicely to another question: What are Quicken’s least valuable features? The answer really depends on the person. The online banking, depending on your bank, can cause headaches, and an at-home, dialup Internet connection can be unreliable.

The credit card stuff and cash account stuff don’t do much for some users. But you know what? Those tools may do wonderful things for you. It depends on the way you’ve organized your finances.

The bottom line is that the least useful features depend on what you don’t need to do. But what you don’t need to do will probably differ from what other users.