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Mint Anyone?

This question was submitted by member Lauren in our Ask Savvy group.

I have always tried to keep a budget, but I must admit my method of using a spreadsheet was often one of the last things I ever wanted to do. In hopes to keep up on my budget and after reading about Mint on SavvySugar, I decided to give it a shot. I only signed up last night and find it pretty easy and intuitive but was wondering is anyone else using it? Any tips or advice?

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Allison14806931 Allison14806931 7 years
I used mint for a while, but recently switched over to Green Sherpa ( I loved that mint was free, but I hated dealing with all of those annoying ads. And it wasn't as customizable as I liked. Since I receive my paycheck in the middle of the month, it made it more complicated to make a budget. Green Sherpa isn't free like mint, but it's more customizable, has zero ads, and has added features like cash flow projection tools which helps you plan for future and unexpected expenses. They offer a 30-day trial, and after that its 6 bucks a month (I just cut out Starbucks twice a month and it pays for itself!)
lauren lauren 7 years
So far, I must admit I love it! The alerts are awesome and definitely help with curbing spending!
infraredflower infraredflower 7 years
I use mint, and one thing I like to do is make my budgets for things I spend too much on (makeup, clothes) roll over every month. (There's a checkbox for this when you're making a budget item.) That way, if I spent $30 over my budget for clothes in December, it will get taken out of my January budget. This is a good way to remind myself to cut back my spending in certain areas! It also gives yourself room to make big-budget purchases one month and then make up for it the next. :)
luna08 luna08 7 years
I found the catagories to be very off. I like my personal spreadsheet system better.
cdmarie cdmarie 7 years
I've been using it for about a year now and really like it. I tried using Quicken but just didn't like it and found it difficult to use. Mint is much easier for me. I like how it even helps me track my 401k account! It was really helpful when I paid a credit card a few days late and didn't realize it. The site e-mailed me about the finance charge and I was able to call the credit card company and have them refund the charge. (It was the first time I had ever paid a card late!)
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I tried it out last year, and it was great to get a quick snapshot of where I had been spending my money, but as I dug into the categorization I realized a lot of the categories were off. I've always been pretty good about using Quicken to track my spending, so I went back to that. One thing I didn't try out was their budget feature, though, which is really what my focus needs to be on. I need to find out how much money I have left to spend in a certain category this month, before I make this purchase. My husband and I share a Google spreadsheet that we update with our purchases so we can see how much money is left in each category. It's very simplistic, but it works for us.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I also just joined and need to get the hang out it for a financially healthy 2010
Smart-Living Smart-Living 7 years
SavvySugar readers actually picked Mint as the favorite money management tool of 2009 (it was the fave in 08 too). Check out a little more about the service here!
rinerlt rinerlt 7 years
i update my account every morning when i get into work. it has really helped me understand what is important and how little charges add up. i am a big fan of using the "trends" section to monitor where my money is going. also, when reviewing my transactions, i label them very specifically. "charity" is great to note for tax purposes, and this past christmas, i was able to monitor my spending by labeling everything "christmas 2009." make it work for you! :)
ktmarie ktmarie 7 years
I use it. I don't do much with it, but it definitely opened my eyes to how much I was spending in different areas. It's a good tool for tracking how you spend your money and where you can cut costs!
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