Quicken 2011 for family budget planning

Can we use Quicken to do our family budget plan for our trips, college, after school activities, and moving expenses easier then a Jim built Excel spreadsheet ?

Easier, yes.

More thorough, no.

I am finding the Quicken method leaves a lot to be desired.  On the spreadsheet, I can see Pop-Pop’s birthday is in November, so I’ll need money for a gift.  On Quicken, I can see a budget of maybe $50 for gifts in the month of November – but is that in anticipation of the kids being invited to a birthday party?  Is someone expecting a baby, and that’s when I am expecting to need a baby shower gift?

I prefer the more detail oriented, self made, spread sheet budget.  I can’t make wiggle room if I can’t see the finer details!

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