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Mint: free online money management

Once upon a time, I got a free copy of Quicken with TurboTax, so I used it as my personal finance software. It was offered for a few more years, so I continued using it. One year it wasn't offered for free, and the next year I was using some flavor of Linux on which Quicken wouldn't run, so I stopped using Quicken.

I spent a couple years just tracking my finances through the websites of the financial institutions that held my money. This became tedious, however, since I needed to log into several sites and keep a mental tally to get the big picture of my financial health. I decided I needed to either start tracking with a spreadsheet, or find some new software.

I heard about mint.com about a year ago, shortly after it won a TechCrunch40 award. For a long time I was wary of signing up, because the site requires the username and password for your financial websites in order to gather your data. However, after reading several reviews and the Mint Privacy & Security page, I decided to give it a try.

I've been very impressed with Mint. The website is well-designed from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. I added my accounts, then let it download my financial data. It divides accounts into categories like Cash, Credit, Loans, and Investments. You can view your transactions in a list or in a pie chart. You can set and review budgets, and configure email or text message alerts for your accounts.

The main feature I'm waiting for is investment tracking, so I can see my rates of return and shiny graphs showing investment performance over time. Mint says this is something they're working on.

If you're looking for a convenient, SaaS way to track your personal finances without having to pay for or install software like Quicken, check out Mint.com's features.

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