Years ago, I began using Quicken software to keep my check book up to date. I loved being able to see where my money was going using categories and memos.
Now, I can even track my student loan, mortgage, and credit cards with Quicken. And I no longer have to tediously type out each transaction because with a click, I can link my accounts and simply upload my statements right into Quicken. I upload at least weekly and check that each transaction is one I really did make myself (or hubby!).
Using Quicken quickly helped me see areas I was overspending, and let me set budgets so I could live within my means. There's even a feature to alert you when you've gone over-budget!
If you have a home-based business, Quicken Home & Business is perfect because you can chart profit and losses with the reporting tools and see your status at a glance.
Another reason to love Quicken is that it simplifies your taxes - use Quicken to capture deductions, including expenses for specific jobs, so you won't miss out on any write-offs! You won't have any Tax Day surprises, because you can do a tax deduction summary instantly. Now, I have not used this feature, although I've toyed with making "Schedule C" tags on some of my transactions. Because it exports to TurboTax, which I don't use, this feature isn't particularly handy for me personally!