Take control of your finances with Checkbook

runs on Mac
screenshot of Checkbook

Spending money is generally fun; dealing with the paperwork afterwards somewhat less so. Unless you have unlimited funds, or really enjoy living life on the edge, at some point you're going to have to balance your checkbook to make sure that you and the bank agree on how much money you've got for your next buying excursion–or to pay the rent, the power bill, and all that. You dutifully sit down with your check register, the bank statement, all those canceled checks, and the calculator, and begin the long slog toward reconciliation.

Checkbook is a tool that might just take the hassle out of balancing your checkbook. Its math is always correct, so entering checks and deposits throughout the month will keep you up to date. It's smart enough to recognize transactions that it's seen before, so it can autocomplete entries, making recurring transactions easier to enter. When it comes to the end of the month, ticking a checkbox for items that appear on your bank statement is a pretty easy way to go. As you work your way through the transactions, you see the steadily decreasing difference between your register and the statement, and when it drops to zero, you're done.

Checkbook is a free download. It's a Mac application, and runs on Intel Macs using Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later.

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