Though advertised as a powerful home-accounting program, Family Budget makes a scratch pad and a ballpoint pen look like the acme of technological progress. The main problem is the bizarre interface, which slices and dices data by person, expense category, and date, but offers no obvious place to enter transactions. Also, don't bother looking to the software for assistance; you can't access the help file from within the application, but instead have to launch it separately from the Start menu. Perhaps that's just as well, since the text is uninformative and rife with misspellings and grammatical errors. The same sloppiness extends to the programming. Right-clicking does nothing. The input box for purchases can't recognize a dollar sign. The program simply leaves blank at least one important ledger. Such errors hardly inspire confidence, and we suspect only brave or reckless souls will trust their home finances to Family Budget.
What's new in version 1.0
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedFebruary 24, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Family Budget is a powerful and easy-to-use program for analyzing your family budget. All expenses are separated into categories and items, and the program can show you many types of statistics. You'll be able to understand where your family spends most of its money and who absorbs most of your family's expenses. If you don't know how your money is disappearing, Family Budget is a program you must have.