Budget Tracking with Mint

I love mint.com!  I have been using it for over two years now and they help keep me on budget. Now that there is a (also free) iPod app I can quickly check to make sure payments were made and checks were deposited in the right place. I also love that it keeps up with my net worth and stock/401K. It is an easy way to keep track of everything without having to log into your bank all the time.

You enter your account information, but it is not stored (you cannot access any password information through mint). You cannot do anything with or to your accounts from mint, it just tells you what your statement says. If you are uncomfortable with it then do not do it, but it really is completely safe and it is my FAVORITE budget tip.

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1 busy mom August 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I signed up for this some time last yr. I still have not figured out how to use. I really don't want my bank acct and personal #'s in it. Is there away to get around all that? My hb checks can go up and down 100's of dollars each week, which makes it really hard for me to adjust too. There are weeks when money hits the bank from direct deposit and we don't even get any of it. It is gone when we sign on to check the bank in the mg. For us, planning is hard to do at certain times of the yr.


2 Kat August 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

it's my favorite too!!!!! I love Mint! It saves my sanity 🙂 here's my post about it


3 LittlePeopleWealth August 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I don't think my budget planning would be the same without it! I love that you can go back and see how much everything has been for as long as you've had the account. That is how I budget my utilities (average them over the last 12 months).

Busy mom, you have to attach your accounts in order to see the statements. It is safe, but I understand why it scares some people. It is actually safer than logging into your account "normally" though since you can see your statement without going to your account. If somebody breaks into your mint account they can't do anything with the attached bank info. Your password info is not stored on mint, it is just used the one time to give them permission to show you your statement. Completely safe!


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