Crowded, but functional interface

Monitor your household expenses with this capable program.

Ncome and Xpense is a program to monitor all finances in order to balance your household budget. You'll need to spend a little time mastering its overwhelming interface, but it's worth the time and effort.

This program's interface is initially a shock to the system. Users are ushered into a screen full of rows and columns, boxes and color-coded categories that are certain to result in a few head scratches. Luckily, the program's online Help file will explain the layout and hopefully result in an ability to navigate the intricately organized program. Once we familiarized ourselves with all the areas, we found entering our household incomes and expenses to be fairly easy, though time consuming. However, the basics were covered and the color-coded areas automatically updated to show the overall budget as well as remind us of pending payments in the near future. Users can also easily run reports to look at overall spending, though this feature appears to work best after months of information have been entered.

While this 60-day trial initially worried us with its cluttered interface, the program proved to be a competent budget management program. If you're willing to spend a little time entering your financial information, it's worth giving this program a shot.

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