There are a lot of financial and accounting programs out there but few that are as good as 'Mint' at pulling all the financial information in your life together and organizing it in a way that helps you set and realize your financial goals. 'Mint' is more than just a mobile Android app. It is a complete website, system and financial coach that helps you master your personal finances that begins when you sign up for a Mint.com account. After a quick setup where you input all your financial information you're then presented with a bird's eye view of your exact financial situation. But this is just the beginning because 'Mint' will then offer suggestions on how to improve your finances, set financial goals, pay down debt, invest for the future and all the while keep your spending and budget organized and under control. Here's a brief overview in this video:
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Mint pulls in all your personal finance accounts into one place, so you can manage your money from anywhere. Track your spending, create a budget, and save more.
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• See all your personal finance accounts—checking, savings, and credit cards.
• Automatically categorizes transactions.
• Charts and graphs show you at a glance where you’re spending. (tablet only)
• Track your budget.
• Track your cash spending.
• View finances offline. The app stores information from your latest download. (tablet only)
• Get email or text alerts that notify you of upcoming bills, fees, low balances, unusual activity and more.
Now one of the things I like about 'Mint' is that it lets you see your money objectively and in an organized way that is so much more effective than if you had all kinds of different statements, papers and post-its lying around. By seeing exactly what comes in, what goes out and what your goals are, 'Mint' let's you make adjustments that will have a true beneficial impact on your finances in the long run and give you that peace of mind that you have everything is in order and progressing smoothly. It's a terrific tool for budget making that shows you how everything is connected financially in your life. It also let's you work from back to front so say you want to buy a house in 3 years, it helps you set the goal in the future and then work backwards in your budget to show just how much money you need to save and how that will impact other areas of your financial life on a day to day, month to month and yearly basis.
Now of course you're asking...but how does 'Mint' make money? Well it's simple really. Depending on what goals you set for yourself in 'Mint' the program will offer suggestions and/or reminders of certain financial products that it believes will help you achieve your goals faster. If for instance it suggests you put some money into a certain investment or switch to a different bank for a better rate, and you decide to take its advice, then 'Mint' might make a small fee from the bank or company offering the financial product. There's never any 'forced' fees or 'annual' fees for the service. It's totally optional and the company plainly states that it will only offer unbiased advice. In fact it will show you if your current bank is in fact a better deal than one it might have as a partner and will encourage you to stay with your current bank rather than switching if it isn't in your interest.
The 'Mint' Android app runs great on your Nexus 7 and it puts all of your financial information at your fingertips wherever you are. It's constantly synced and updated with your 'Mint.com' account and everything is super safe using 'bank level' security and encryption. If you've been looking for a modern, effective and efficient way to get not only financially organized but to become a personal finance superstar and set your financial goals into overdrive, 'Mint' is a great option. With over 7 million users and tons of glowing reviews, 'Mint' is a cut above most other personal finance programs. You can learn MUCH more about 'Mint' at the 'Mint.com' website. A link to Mint.com and to the Android app is below.