Do you know how much money you've got?

One of the things I like to do is keep track of my own personal finances. Knowing how much money you have at any one time, what your debts are (in my case, credit card balances), what your outgoings are, etc., has several advantages:

I highly recommend it. Currently I use GnuCash, primarily because it’s the only mature accounting software available for Linux. Quicken and Microsoft Money seem to be viable alternatives for Windows, although you will then have to suffer the treadmill of paid-for upgrades (I used Money until a few years ago, and moved away from it for that reason).

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My Dear Andrew - thought your readers may like to know that a Windows version of GnuCash is available : <a href="http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=192" rel="nofollow">on sourceforge.net</a>
Hi Andrew I would be interested to know what you think of a new online UK specific money management application called Mvelopes Personal. Mvelopes works differently to other software I have tried as it automatically downloads transactions from my online accounts, so I can see on a daily basis where I am in relation to my spending. You do have to pay a monthly subscription for the service but there are no licencing or upgrade costs. I know a reasonable amount about Mvelopes now as I have just finished 'user-testing' a new consumer finance site www.mybeanstalk.co.uk that launched this week. The site features Mvelopes plus it has a price comarison engine &amp; Personal Finance Tips &amp; Tools. If you go to www.mybeanstalk.co.uk you can do the Quick Tour and there's also an offer for a 30 day free trial. Regards, Natalie