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Budget4All – freeware lets you check out your potential financial futures

Budget4all

Budget4All is a free household cashflow analysis program which helps you identify useful monetary ‘what-ifs’ in your life. This makes it somewhat different from conventional budgeting software which tends to look at historical data.

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The idea is you enter in the actual figures of your current budget – you know income, expenses, all that – and can then run simple simulations (e.g. what would happen if I lost my job? interest rates go up? gran leaves me $10 million?) to see how you would fare financially. These scenarios and the resultant analysis make the program very useful, which is probably just as well in these volatile times.

It’s a Java program (only Windows at the moment though) and comes in four different languages.

 Budget4All is a Java desktop application intended to help you manage your personal or family budget in order to forecast your cashflow, in an easy but powerful way. From my own experience, I have found that to efficiently manage a budget, it is much more useful to focus on forecasting the future incomes and expenses, instead of investing a lot of time entering past bills and looking at old financial data. I have written this application to reach that objective and I share it with you for free !

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Sean Marik

    I like this software, I have been using it for the last 2 years. Very useful and flexible indeed ! And it works too on Linux since it is a java program.

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