I received an email today from someone who was having trouble upgrading from Microsoft Money 2004 to the last version, Microsoft Money 2005 (QFE2) UK. While opening his Money 2004 .MNY file in Money 2005, the program kept hanging.
Many Microsoft Money users are unaware there is a file repair tool bundled with the application.
Despite not being developed for over 15 years, Microsoft Money 2005 still works perfectly in Windows 10 (and as far as I can see, also Windows 11) but you will need to download and install the last-available versions. This post explains how.
One of the reasons that I’ve not been blogging as much as I would have liked to these last few weeks is that I’ve been trying to get my head around our finances. It’s not been a particularly easy task, but it’s been very rewarding.
Like many people, I imagine, for many years I’ve had a rather unhealthy approach to managing my finances. It’s involved largely of two key components:
Saying things like “We’ll be fine …!”
Because I’m a computery kind of a guy, I’ve been using Microsoft Money 2004 to manage the data about all of our accounts, transactions, withdrawals and deposits. It’s been laborious and time-consuming but well worth it. Our accounts in Microsoft Money go back to 1998, when I was a lowly theology student in Edinburgh.
I love how Microsoft Money allows me to run reports on existing transactions, set up ‘what if…’ scenarios and set budgets. It keeps me right. It’s just such a shame that
I’ve discovered all sorts of things like the house insurance we were paying for 3 years on a flat we no longer lived in! And the breakdown cover on the washing machine that went to the tip 6 months ago. Ahem!
I was amazed too at how many transactions I remembered making, even going back 5 or 6 years.
Here are a few totals that took me a little by surprise. This is table of the accumulated totals spent between 1998-2010 at the following stores: