The girl and I are attempting to combine finances so that we can effectively budget on a more global scale. With my penchant for all things surrounding financial management, she's having to endure a period of dual maintenance for Intuit's Quicken Premier and Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe.
Quicken versus Money
I have to confess I am somewhat biased towards Money and used Money more on than off since 1997. I have found Money switching more towards less and less functionality upgrades as the years have gone by recently and decided to try Quicken.
After about a week, I'm somewhat enthused but not impressed. What I still fail to understand is the difficulty in synchronizing transactions through the internet. Being in systems integration business, I understand the issues with interoperability, but Yodlee Moneycenter has far surpassed Money's abilities to attain transactions for the past couple years since I've been using it. *Money Plus now utilized Yodlee to retrieve transactions.
If anyone reading out there has enough clout at a 401(k) service provider to 'force' them to become friendly with automatic login through Money / Quicken, it would be appreciated to apply some force. If this ends up being 'gun to the head' type force, please don't reference this blog post when you are arrested, but I do thank you.