If you’ve recently made the switch to Mac, you might be disappointed that there’s no Microsoft Money For Mac. Microsoft actually replaced Money in 2010 with a free version called Money Sunset Deluxe although there’s no Mac version of that either. However, there are plenty of other options for Mac users to manage their finances, such as the excellent Personal Capital which can even import MS Money files. Here then is a list of our top 5 alternatives to Microsoft Money for Mac in order of ranking.
Personal Capital is more than just a way to manage your money, it actually advises you on how to maximize your capital and investments. The great thing is that Personal Capital can import Microsoft Money files from Windows. Not only that but it’s completely free to use unless you want a personal consultation about how to maximize your investments (which you don’t have to do). It also connects to your bank, credit card, credit union and other financial institutions so that it can automatically download transactions so that it’s always up to date. Personal Capital is built around 3 simple pillars: Knowing Your Net Worth, Analyzing & Optimizing Investments and Planning For The Future. This means it gives you a clear overview of your investments and makes recommendations about how you can optimize your finances. The Investment Checkup Tool is one of the best things about Personal Capital as it immediately identifies areas where you should diversify investments without increasing the risk.
Other useful features we really like about Personal Capital include automatic bill reminders, stock value updates and 401K updates.
Although there’s no native Mac client, the web interface works extremely well and Personal Capital looks like an application that’s built for macOS.
If you’re looking for an alternative to MS Money on Mac that not only helps you manage finances but optimize them too, Personal Capital is an excellent free replacement.
You can get started with Personal Finance for free to see for yourself.
MoneySpire (formerly Fortera Fresh Finance) is another extremely well put together personal finance software that has a native Mac desktop client. MoneySpire is focused more on managing your day-to-day finances than optimizing investments but it does this is a straightforward non-nonsense way.
One of the attractions of MoneySpire is that it doesn’t force you to store your financial data online or in the Cloud although you can if you want to enjoy syncing with iOS devices. Unlike personal finance software such as Quicken for Mac, it also doesn’t tie you into any annual subscriptions to keep using it although again, you can choose that model if you want.
You can pay bills automatically with the Direct Connect service, generate reports, forecast balances and reconcile accounts with MoneySpire. The interface of MoneySpire keeps things very simple by not overwhelming you with information – it’s basic but informative with all essential financial data at your fingertips. What we like about MoneySpire is that it feels like it puts the user first, giving you choices on important issues such as cloud storage of your finances and payment model. It also doesn’t complicate things unnecessarily with features you’ll probably never need.
You can try MoneySpire for free to see for yourself.
Banktivity (formerly iBank) is a popular personal finance application with a desktop app for macOS. In fact Banktivity is designed exclusively for Apple devices and the only budgeting software for Mac which works across Mac, iPad, iPhone and even Apple Watch.
Banktivity can automatically download transactions from your Bank either via its own Direct Access service (although this costs extra) or by using Banktivity’s built-in browser. Banktivity’s Direct Access service supports around 10,000 banks although the reliability of this service often depends on changes your bank makes to security regarding access by third-party apps and type of account. 401K accounts for example are known to be particularly fussy about connectivity with external apps.
Banktivity can track investments, credit cards, savings accounts, mortgages and pretty much most standard types of financial interest you have. You can attach receipts to transactions, print checks and using the Direct Access service, pay bills automatically. You can also generate some quite detailed reports based on your net worth to see exactly where your money is going.
There’s also an iOS app which allows you to track and manage your net worth on the move and syncs with Banktivity’s cloud sync server. Banktivity costs $64.99 but bear in mind if a Direct Access subscription costs an extra $44.99 annually on top although there are also cheaper 90 day or 30 day subscriptions. We recommend trying a 30 day subscription first to ensure that everything works smoothly with your bank.
You can try a free trial of Banktivity to see for yourself.
Despite the name, MyMoney is not based on MS Money but has several similarities and features. MyMoney allows you to both import MS Money files and download bank statements. MyMoney then does the hard work for you by automatically entering your statements into an electronic register. The major benefit of MyMoney is that it brings all of your financial data into one place so it’s much easier to track your finances, investments and requires very little manual input. It can even reconcile bank statements and fix any errors it finds. MyMoney generates useful reports and can even do check printing like the old Microsoft Money used to.
On the downside, you may find that you have problems connecting MyMoney to your bank. This is quite a common problem with budgeting software as banks often change security settings and connection protocols from third-party software.
There’s no official list of banks that officially work with MyMoney so we strongly recommend trying the 60 day trial before deciding whether to buy.
For many years, Quicken for Mac had a rocky ride with Mac users when it was owned by Intuit but under new ownership, recent versions of Quicken on macOS have been considerable improvements. Quicken is probably the most popular personal finance application out there for Windows users although the Mac version has always lagged behind. Quicken 2018 finally made it comparable with the Windows version although there are various features it still lacks and it’s not exactly the same product.
One of the biggest recent improvements to Quicken For Mac has been the introduction of Bill Pay so that you can automatically manage and pay bills online. Reporting has also been improved although it is still behind the Windows version of Quicken. The overall interface and speed has been improved to make it more similar to the Windows version too. Most controversial of all however was the decision to make Quicken For Mac 2018 subscription only. Quicken users on both Windows and Mac can no longer pay a onetime fee, you must pay an annual subscription to maintain online services such as Bill Pay. If you don’t renew your subscription, you can still edit your accounts on your Mac desktop as long as you’re not using the Starter Edition in which case your accounts will be read-only.
If you’re interested in learning more, you should check out our full review of Quicken 2018 for Mac.
These are the best equivalents to MS Money on macOS. If however nothing but the real thing will do, there is a way to install Microsoft Money on Mac although we don’t recommend it because it’s time-consuming, difficult to setup and doesn’t always work for everyone. Alternatively, you can run Windows on your Mac using Parallels although this also is not an ideal solution as it’s a big strain on your system resources.
If you have any questions, comments or experiences you want to share with any of the software featured here, let us know in the comments below. If you’ve enjoyed this article, you may also be interested in reading our guide to the best Quicken alternatives for Mac too.