Remember Quicken? It’s quite possible that Intuit did Mac users a big favor by not updating the once-popular Quicken money management app for so many years. That neglect may have hurt Quicken’s reputation on the Mac, but it did wonders for competition. Mac users now have dozens of budgeting and money management applications from which to choose.
If choosing cheap is one of your first criteria you’ll likely to approve of Expense Bar. As financial apps go this one is not burdened with much of a learning curve. It’s a rather straightforward budget and expenses app that happens to be easy to use. And colorful.
Don’t get your expectations up too high. Neither Quicken nor iBank have anything to worry about with Expense Bar taking away their customers.
Set a budget for an item (gas, car, insurance, rent, or whatever), then track the actual amount spent for each. A quick glance reveals whether you’re over or under budget on a particular item, as well as what remains of your current cash balance.
Simple and low priced, yes, but comprehensive? No. You start budgeting from now, moving forward, not by entering data for the past. If you need a little more, then move along, nothing to see here. But if most Mac money management apps make your eyes glaze over but you can manage a checkbook, Expense Bar can be useful and it cannot be simpler.