Quicken Home & Business ($110), meanwhile, adds support for small business owners who want to track both personal and business finances in one program, while Quicken Rental Property Manager ($160) also provides features for landlords. Also, while Mint.com is a free cloud service, advertising and targeted marketing offers pay the bills. Ads and pitches aren't all that intrusive, but they aren't always clearly labeled.
Here's a quick summary of what we think of each product. Click on the links to read our full reviews:
Intuit bumped the price of each Quicken product by $10 each, but it added free mobile apps. But the primary reason to buy desktop software, versus using Intuit's free cloud service, is that your private financial data will remain locked inside your PCwhere Intuit won't be able to use it to bombard you with marketing offers and advertising pitches.
Read our hands-on review of Quicken 2013.
Mint is a fabulousand freealternative to desktop finance software, provided you don't mind the advertising and marketing pitches that come with it. No useful service (think Google) is truly free. At the end of the day, someone has to pay for development, server space, ongoing maintenance, and everything else. If the notion of storing your financial data in the cloud and receiving marketing pitches based on that data, you should pay for desktop software.
Read our hands-on review of Mint.