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Fudge-it tool

Avoid this spotty and unintuitive budgeting program at all costs.

There are plenty of free tools available for making budgets and tracking spending habits that are intuitive and attractive. Simple Home Budget Lite is neither. Despite its free price tag, we're not sure why anyone would want to use it.

The program's interface is simple in appearance yet gives little direction on how to get started. The main window contains a calendar and input fields for entering each transaction's date, category, and related notes. Four tabs for managing transactions reside on the right-hand side. We quickly noticed that something was a little off with the interface, though. Some of the button features were cut off at the bottom, which prevented us from using them or even seeing what they were. We tried to maximize, minimize, and resize the window, to no avail. We consulted the online Help feature for more guidance, but the FAQ-style page didn't give us what we were looking for. We tried clicking the New button under the Transactions tab, yet once again, the small window that appeared contained buttons that were oddly placed and partly cut off; for example, the Calculator field was placed on top of the Notes field. Most of the buttons on the calculator were also cut off. We were eventually able to add a new transaction and make it a recurring one, but that's about it.

Simple Home Budget Lite is free. It installs and uninstalls without any issues. But, needless to say, we do not recommend it as a viable budget program.

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