5 Reasons Why I Love Mint

5 Reasons Why I Love MintMint is a free web-based financial website. You can put all of your financial account information in one place. I heard a lot of bloggers talking about it for years. I decided to sign up for it in November of 2014. Since then, I’ve come to love Mint. It’s one of the things that has helped me get my finances in order. The website is very secure. If you need a place where you can view your finances, I would suggest that you sign up for it. Today, I want to go over five specific reasons that I love it.

You can put all your accounts in one place

Above, I stated that you can attach all of your accounts to your Mint profile. When I say all accounts, I really mean all accounts. You can attach your checking and savings accounts, credit cards, loans and much more.  Being able to see everything in one place is good. Once you do that you see all of your account info on the left. It goes in an order of cash, credit, loans, investments and property.

If you’re in debt it should motivate you

Seeing the difference in your assets and debt could be an eye opener for some. Life comes at you fast. My net worth is not as bad as it was when I first joined Mint, but I still have work to do. Having the chance to see the discrepancy in my account adds fuel to my fire. I’m working hard to gather more assets than debts.

It shows all your transactions

Whether you’re paying for groceries or paying a bill, the transaction shows up on your profile. You see everything that you pay for if you are using your debit or credit card. You also see any late fees you may have. By seeing how much money you spend every month, it should get you to think about saving more. When you sign in, your transactions should update automatically. They will be organized by date. They will also have a description and a category next to each one.

It lets you know upcoming due dates for your bills

I know people have very busy lives. If you have a lot of bills, you may forget a due date every once in a while. Mint helps with that. They have a small calendar on the overview page on your account that has the due dates listed. They also send out alerts via e-mail. You can also sign up for mobile alerts too. If you tend to forget your due dates, those alerts can be a game changer.

You can create monthly budgets

In my opinion, I think everyone should have some type of budget. You can create a different budget each month with Mint. You can edit and create as many categories as you want to. I have categories such as fuel, groceries, and thrift in my budget. Depending on your lifestyle, you can change the categories and amounts every month if you choose to.

Bonus

Goals

I know I said that I was going to share five reasons with you, but I lied. I have one more. Mint has a section where you can add goals. Some of the types of goals that you can add are paying off loans or credit cards and saving for an emergency. Since I’ve been using Mint, I’ve completed three goals. I have two more to go. Seeing those goals each time that I log into my account is another way to keep me motivated.

Do you have an account with Mint? What do you use to track your money?




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  1. Jason – I have been using Quicken for years and for all the reasons that you mention. BUT…it is expensive software and the updates are expensive too! So, Ill check this out! I love FREE!!! Helps the budget!
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  2. I have used Mint for one year now. I have been very satisfied with the software ease of use and its costs too.
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  3. I agree that everyone should have a budget and be organised when it comes to finances there is absolutely no way I would put all my financial information on one site and hope that they continue to be be secure. I feel the same way about cloud technology. I will give you that in theory it sounds like a great idea but what happens when they get hacked?
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  4. I do online banking but when it comes to keeping track I still do it the old manual way – must check out this Mint. Sounds like something I could get to like.
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  5. I love mint.com! We use it in our family, too!
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  6. I used to try to do that with Quicken. This sounds much better and much easier to use.
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  7. I’ve not heard of Mint.com before. I don’t think I would sign up for it – I keep track of budgets, etc. using home-made spreadsheets and that is working for me. I could see that it might be a good choice for some people.
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  8. I just started using Mint because I was so unhappy with quicken. It doesn’t do everything that quicken used to do, but I feel like it’s a lot more streamlined and does a good job with the essentials. I like their motivational emails!
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  9. I’ve tested out Mint because come on, how can you be a finance blogger and not test it out? For about four years I had a custom spreadsheet that I dropped everything in myself, but I recently started to use Tiller which automates the most time-intensive part of the process of getting everything in a uniform format. It’s $5 a month but it is well worth the cost imo. I’ve started to send people their way this year.
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