MS Money Long Dead, But Still Searched For

MS Money Long Dead, But Still Searched For

Microsoft Money Discontinued But Still Popular

Microsoft discontinued development of MS Money in 2009. Despite the product being discontinued, and the free "Sunset" version being crippled, About.com reports that "MS Money" is still the most searched for term in their Personal Finance forums.

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Migrating from Adaptu

Migrating from Adaptu

It's always sad to see a company close its doors.

We know Adaptu users have put a ton of effort into setting up their budget and money plans and don't want that to go to waste by having to start over again... so, we at CalendarBudget spent the day writing a special import script for Adaptu data export files.

See the article here on About.com to learn how to export your Adaptu data. Once you have your export file, go to CalendarBudget, sign up for your free account, then import your file when the Account Setup Wizard opens.

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Secrets To Keeping Your Spending In Check - Secret #2: Don't Use Cash

Secrets To Keeping Your Spending In Check - Secret #2: Don't Use Cash

Remember when you were a kid spending your allowance at the candy store? There's just something about having a pocket full of cash, isn't there? It just wasn't right if you left the store with any money. ALL of it had to be spent - after all, you worked hard for that money, why not treat yourself to the max!

However, with cash, there is no automated record of what it was spent on and thus less accountability. That's why I use a debt card whenever I can. Using a debit card allows the following conveniences:

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Secrets To Keep Your Spending In Check - Secret #1

Secrets To Keep Your Spending In Check - Secret #1

If you're like most people, when you get to the end of the month, you wonder where all the money went. This feeling comes from not having a record of where your money is going.

Several times a day we spend money and assume we'll remember it, but at the end of the month, its just not possible to remember all the little purchases, and they add up to a lot. That's why tracking your spending is so important. It makes you accountable to yourself. When you know you'll need to record purchases, you think twice about making it. It causes your mind to consider, "Do I really need this?" Often that in itself can make a big difference.

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Security With Online Banking and Budgeting Tools

Security With Online Banking and Budgeting Tools

Much concern has been raised by consumers about online bank security risks - specifically using 3rd party money aggregators, such as Mint.com and Yodlee, which automatically connect to your bank and try to track all for your accounts in one place. People are asking questions like, "is mint.com safe?" If we ignore the reliability issues (which are many), and look only at the security concerns, here's the problem in a nutshell:

When you sign up for one of these services, you have to give them your online banking username and password (credentials) so they can go and collect the information from your bank for you. Budget security all of a sudden becomes a serious issue.

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Calendar Budget’s Habit Installer: the New Way to do Your Financial Budgeting

Calendar Budget’s Habit Installer: the New Way to do Your Financial Budgeting

One of the benefits of signing up with CalendarBudget is that it makes creating a spending plan and sticking to it a part of your daily routine. How does it accomplish this? With the revolutionary Habit Installer system, a series of 21 short videos and tutorials sent to your inbox every day for three weeks.

My wife Debra and I used to blame the economy, our age, or our lack of effort for our failure to create a workable spending plan. None of these factors was the main cause behind our lack of results. Instead, we had to shift how we approached our financial budgeting.

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The Case for Getting Rich Slowly

The Case for Getting Rich Slowly

Years ago, my wife and I came to the conclusion that slow and steady is probably the best bet when it comes to formulating a spending plan that will allow us to build wealth and riches. It takes consistency and learning to have a truly good wealth building system to fund a retirement, especially one that’s going to be as spectacular as ours, and we want to make our funds last (in case we live to be 100)

Below are some of the reasons why getting rich slowly is the better bet:

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Wesabe Personal Finance is dead - CalendarBudget is Growing

Wesabe Personal Finance is dead - CalendarBudget is Growing

Wesabe, one of the original online personal finance tools has died. We are sorry to see them go. They offered a compelling service and were an inspiration to us, the creators of CalendarBudget in several ways.

We invite any previous or current Wesabe users to try CalendarBudget as a replacement, a fresh and innovative way to manage your finances. CalendarBudget is a growing service and we are confident that anyone who tries it will fall in love with its simple to use and productive interface.

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CalendarBudget featured in Finovate article

CalendarBudget featured in Finovate article

Jessica Ward, freelance writer for NetBanker wrote an article about CalendarBudget updates since we presented at the Finovate 2009 conference. Check out her article here.

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Get All Your Personal Finance News in One Place

Get All Your Personal Finance News in One Place

Introducing the new Personal Finance blog aggregator - get all your personal finance news in one place:

http://blogs.calendarbudget.com/

If we're missing an important blog that you follow, let us know and we'll have it added.

Enjoy!

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CalendarBudget Testimonials

CalendarBudget Testimonials

Check out the following testimonials from CalendarBudget users:


Simply Amazing

Wow! I've just spent an hour setting up my transactions, history, upcoming transactions, notifications, and accounts and I've got to say that this app is obviously build by people who actually use it. Thank you for creating Calendar Budget. I discovered it less than 24 hours ago and have already recommended it to friends and family. This is exactly the budgeting tool I've been looking for all my life. In fact, I found it because I was looking at my Google calendar and the cashflow I created in Excel and was thinking there must be some way to merge the two and make it work.

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CalendarBudget Release Cycle

CalendarBudget Release Cycle

If you've ever wondered how CalendarBudget (or any high-quality web application) is developed, or how we add features to CalendarBudget, this blog post is for you!

CalendarBudget goes through extensive and exhaustive test cycles. Pictured here, our co-founder and quality control person (tester) Robin, is testing CalendarBudget. She uses 5 machines simultaneously which help cover testing on various browsers (IE6, 7, 8, Firefox 3.0, 3.5, 3.6, Safari 4 and Chrome). After I go through a development period, Robin's exhaustive testing makes sure that CalendarBudget is of the highest quality. Often testing takes longer than the development of the feature -- making sure it works everywhere, under many possible circumstances. I sit on the end at the empty chair and fix any problems that Robin finds, with the goal being to make CalendarBudget the highest quality, bullet-proof personal finance system available -- and to find and fix any problems that would be a detriment to user-experience.

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New Tutorial Videos

New Tutorial Videos

We've created 2 new tutorial videos:

  1. Budgeting With Categories
  2. Reconciling Your Bank Account

I encourage you to take a look at them and see how you can make your budgeting experience more efficient.

To watch the videos, login to your account (or click on the demo account from the home page) and click on the toolbar Help -> Video Tutorials.

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CalendarBudget now accepts transaction export from mint.com!

CalendarBudget now accepts transaction export from mint.com!

If you are a mint.com user, this post is for you.

Mint.com pulls your data directly from your bank account and attempts to auto-categorize your transactions. While it is quite convenient, it still lacks the ability to plan ahead. Here's where CalendarBudget helps. You can now take advantage of the account history you have in mint.com and import that into CalendarBudget.

Here's how:

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CalendarBudget Providing an iCal Feed?

CalendarBudget Providing an iCal Feed?

Late last night during an email exchange with one of our saavy users, it was suggested that we provide an iCal feed of CalendarBudget data. iCal is a calendaring format which can be consumed by calendar programs such as those on mobile devices and other calendaring software.

This could be a way for us to easily get onto mobile devices before we planned to. It also addresses some previous requests to combine regular calendaring items and financial information.

Imagine it - you are looking at your calendar events for the day and you also see your balance (as an "All Day" activity) and transactions that occur that day as timed entries (perhaps timed for 11:59pm so they are last on your list. It could be really convenient.

I'd love to hear some feedback on the idea and how it may be used.

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Finovate Startup 2009

Finovate Startup 2009

On April 28th I attended Finovate Startup 09 as a Startup presenter. We presented on Moday the 27th as a pre-recorded demo, while other presented on the 28th. The demo video is being professionally edited and will be available in about a week. I`ll post it when its available.

The event was a lot of fun, we met a lot of great people, saw what the competition is doing and what our real strengths are. Surprisingly, there are only a few companies who allow for planning future finances. Most only focus on reporting on whats happened in the past. Planning for the future is clearly one of CalendarBudget`s strengths. Also, our calendar format is a clear winner when compared to the other interfaces, most of which just show transactions and planned events in a list. We did glean some ideas for future development, however, we`ll have you the users vote on what we should be doing next.

We have a little bit of clean up surrounding our subcription code to complete this week, then we`ll start posting more `whats next` ideas for you to vote on.

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CalendarBudget introduces Bank Reconciliation Assistant

CalendarBudget introduces Bank Reconciliation Assistant

There are 2 camps of personal finance products.

  1. Those that connect directly to your online bank account and pull your financial information for you and attempt to automatically categorize your purchases.
  2. Those that require manual input but are much more secure since they don't touch your actual bank account.

CalendarBudget falls under camp #2. We feel that security these days is one of the most important aspects of online personal finance management. Since this model does not connect directly to your bank, there is some manual input required to get your data into CalendarBudget. 

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Time is Money Mondays: Keeping Your Tools Sharp

Time is Money Mondays: Keeping Your Tools Sharp

My friend told me something recently that he witnessed and it left him puzzled. He was building a house on a construction site building and the house next door was also being constructed by professional contractors. Each day at noon, they would stop work and pile into their work trailer for 15 minutes and then come out and resume their work. At the end of the day they would pile into the trailer again for 30 minutes and then all leave and go home. As I watched and saw them repeat this each day I became even more curious and wanted to know what they were doing, so I asked. The lead guy said that each day at noon they would all go into the back of the trailer and sharpen their tools. Then, at the end of the day they would shapren them again and change the blades with fresh ones for the next day. He went on to say that their work went faster and was of better/higher quality of workmanship because they were working with freshly sharpened tools. Also he said that it made their work a pleasure - working with a sharp blade is a joy.

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Budgeting your 2009

Budgeting your 2009

Successful businesses plan spending budgets and income targets for the calendar year. Often this happens in January for the current year after they have been able to collect and digest the previous years financials. You and your family deserve nothing less that success also. Its time to get your finances in order for the year. Yes, plans will change and things will come up, but a plan is priceless in guiding financial decisions and planning needed savings.

Take some time now and map out some of the following:

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News Flash: CalendarBudget has gone into a FREE Beta period

News Flash: CalendarBudget has gone into a FREE Beta period

Here's a portion of the email sent to existing users:


We at CalendarBudget love you and your feedback.

We are happy to announce that we have entered into a Beta period (for a few months) during which time access will be completely free.

We are making this move to introduce a number of new features such as auto-consolidation from bank transaction exports, tutorials and other great things that will make managing your finances even easier. The home period will give us sufficient time to ensure that these important features are working properly and to incorporate your feedback before charging you for them.

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