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Wesabe Free Online Money Management Tool

Money Tip: Track Your Spending Online

Tracking your spending is the best way to learn your money leaks and begin the path of budgeting, which will hopefully make you feel more in control of your money. Forget entering every expense in your spiral notebook; all you need to get started is your computer.

Wesabe is a free website that makes it easy to track your finances. It lets you see all of your bank, credit, and savings accounts in one place and has budgeting tools for organizing your spending. Seeing the big picture of your money in one place makes the budgeting process a no-brainer, and having one place to check in takes much less time than figuring out where you stand by looking at each account separately.

Aside from its money-management capabilities, Wesabe is unique in that it has an active community where members hash out financial issues. The site has groups, similar to the ones on TeamSugar, but they are geared toward specific money questions like debt dilemmas and how to be a smarter spender.

Have you ever used an online money management site like Wesabe?

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Pegona Pegona 7 years
I've been using Mint for about a year. Because I usually live pretty simply, I'm not super nitpicky about tracking my expenses, but Mint HAS helped me save, just by making me aware. If I see I've spent 3x what I normally spend in a month, I live lean for the next couple of months. If I see I spent $500 on clothes in August, I tell myself, "That's enough" and don't go shopping in Sept. and Oct.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 7 years
You know, I'm gonna hafta bookmark that site. Aside from grocery shopping, I usually do all my shopping online. And sometimes it really is a pain in the butt trying to check my account balance and my paypal balance and whatnot. This would make things so much easier.
Nickey Nickey 7 years
A friend told me about Mint and I thought about doing that a few months ago, but since I've been a slacker with my finances as of late, I forgot all about it. Keep on using my notebook and excel. This has me thinking about doing this again. I know that I need to get back into monitoring my finances like a mad woman. It will make sure that I stay on track and know where my money goes instead of wondering. Thanks Ladies and thanks to the lady from Wesabe. That post eased my worries somewhat.
thelorax thelorax 7 years
I too, stick with good ol' Excel. It's familiar, comfortable, and it's not "out there" online somewhere. My bank also categorizes and averages my spending for me, which is helpful because I'm a visual learner so "seeing" my spending patterns cements in my brain where I'm doing well, and where I could improve.
amycullen2 amycullen2 7 years
I started out on Wesabe but went to Mint b/c they had more connections with financial institutions at the time and I liked their design better. (I know, sounds lame, but I'm a designer and I'm a sucker for great design). Anyways, LOVE mint.com. although not digging their new homepage design. :P
omilawd omilawd 7 years
I use Mint. The spending trend graphs are my favorite features.
baybug baybug 7 years
I just signed up. Although I am a little worried about linking my accounts to this site. I am not sure how I feel about putting my accounts out there like that.
allesethomson allesethomson 7 years
Hey Guys, I just wanted to pop in and thank you for all your comments as well as provide a bit more info (stemming from some of your concerns) about Wesabe. My name is Allese and I am the community manager at Wesabe. @supercoolnat: I totally understand your love of excel, I am an excel lover too. Wesabe was actually built to work jointly with programs like excel, it's super easy to export your bank, savings, credit card and even cash accounts off of Wesabe and into an excel or google spreadsheet. Additionally, you can categorize or "tag" your purchases on Wesabe, (safeway and trader joes might be "groceries", shampoo/make up might be "selfcare" or "cosmetic") and then these names will show up in your export, so you can more quickly and easier get down to the nitty griddy with your Excel spreadsheets. If you're interested, Wesabe just premiered a bunch of new charts and graphs, filled with layers of functionality. This way you can see all your major spending and trends and drill down into layers of your sub-spending. You can see and read more about them here: http://blog.wesabe.com/2008/07/31/new-feature-accounts-home-page-graphs/ @ilanic, @geebers: Security and Privacy are issues Wesabe takes very seriously, so much so that we're often called obsessive, which we take as a compliment. Wesabe was the first major player in the world of online money management tools. When our founders built the company, they didn't think anybody would share such sensitive information over the web, so they built four different ways for you to get your data up on to Wesabe, to correspond with your comfort level. With our Manual uploader, you only use your bank credentials at your bank, and they're never stored anywhere (except your head). With the Desktop uploader and the Firefox uploader, your bank cedentials stay encrypted, and on your computer. Meaning, sensitive data, your password and username is ALWAYS on your computers hard drive and NEVER floating on the Web. We believe that *all* your information is private - we don't need to know it in order to provide our service - so why should we ask for it? The only thing we really need is a list of a user's transactions - how much they spend and where they spend it. Of course that's private too - but it's not the sort of thing that a hacker would care much about. Your data belongs to you - not us - and we always try to respect that. So, as a result, we try to be honest and open about what kinds of data we collect and how we protect it. We've even written a "Data Bill of Rights," where we detail these promises in writing: https://www.wesabe.com/page/security. We've made the site as secure as possible, but we respect that different people will have different levels of concern - and we want everyone to be comfortable with the site before they start using it. So this is long... but hopefully it cleared up some concerns and questions about Wesabe. Thanks again for all your comments!!! Cheers! Allese
geebers geebers 7 years
Ilanac- I also am getting paranoid and deleted my MINT account because it freaks me out that one website has access to all my data. I think I will use my excel sheet.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
there are actually quite a few sites that are like this and i think that they are really helpful if you're able to be accountable and use the information for good rather than ignore it. i know that for myself - i like the idea that there's a site that will track it - but then again i also worry that it's not secure and that having all my information in one place isn't the smartest thing either. i think that if you remember to monitor it and keep tabs on what's on the site - then you can really start to budget and watch your cash flow.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
Interesting. Since I don't track my finances at all, this might be good.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
you know what, i tried wesabe and buxfer and mint and a few others. and i decided that my excel system was the best while using remember the milke with reminders. BUT i still wanted something online, just to give me my account balance or something like that - rather than logging into my bank. And then i found Rudder!!! All it does is email you your bank account balance and, if you put in your bill charges, it will tell you "what's left" by the end of the month. No logging into a website!!! It just emails you! Soooooo simple :)
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I like the idea of the community part of the site. But for tracking my budget and balances, I stick with good ol' Excel. That way I can do all the calculations, graphs, and other data manipulation I want. Yes, I'm a dork when it comes to my finances.
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