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Old 02-09-2009, 08:12 AM   #21
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My problem is not the cost of Quicken but the bank fees to download to Quicken. BB&T charges $6.95/month and this is more than the software costs! I tried three "free" budget programs and the bank still charges a fee. Can't see what my $84/year bank fee plus Quicken would actually get me over doing it in a spreadsheet.
None of the financial institutions I use charge a fee to download info to Quicken -- this is the first I've ever heard of a fee. Which bank do you use?
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:12 AM   #22
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My problem is not the cost of Quicken but the bank fees to download to Quicken. BB&T charges $6.95/month and this is more than the software costs! I tried three "free" budget programs and the bank still charges a fee. Can't see what my $84/year bank fee plus Quicken would actually get me over doing it in a spreadsheet.
That to me suggests getting a new bank, not a new software package...
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Bank of America wanted to charge me $5 a month or something like that for Direct Connect, but manual downloads were free. I changed to a Fidelity checking account and stopped downloading B of A accounts, which I rarely use now.

Another nice thing about budget software is that I have all the financial accounts listed there. If I "depart" too quickly to make other arrangements, my DW can use that info to find our assets without much trouble. She already enters her budget data.
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