What is it they say? “No good deed goes unpunished.” I did a good deed for a neighborhood volunteer group here in Chicago and without paying much attention I found myself in the middle of helping others.
It’s for a good cause, but one of my responsibilities is managing money. Since money is not always easy to come by for civic groups, we decided to keep track of it on a free Mac app. It’s free as in no price tag. Open source. And, importantly for us, because not every member has seen the light from God to get a Mac, it’s multi platform.
My new found money friend is Buddi, an open source personal finance and budgeting application which may just be the perfect money tracking app for civic groups or small businesses.
It’s hard to imagine a money management app that’s easier to use. It handles the four major areas of money tracking– Accounts, Budget Categories, Transactions, and Reports with graphs.
Buddi’s price tag is attractive, of course, but that’s the only element that is. Visually, this is one utilitarian app.
Setup accounts in Buddi by entering a balance for each. Cash, Check, Credit Card (multiples of each allowed).
Buddi handles budgets, too. Simply enter a budget category, and an amount, and when.
Think of Buddi as a digital checkbook that does reports and graphs (though not many of either).
The claims to fame here are the price (Buddi is free), regular updates, basic money management features with no frills, and it’s multi platform. It runs on Macs and Windows PCs.
Buddi doesn’t take but minutes to setup and use. It’s a good app for organizations or households on a budget. And the fact that it also runs on Windows means it’s easy to backup, and easy to hand over the responsibility to someone else who may not share your love for Macs.