Before I write about products I like to try them out personally first. I've used the Mint.com free, automatic, online money manager for about three months now. I have nothing but praise for the company. I signed up for the Mint.com money management/budget tool after reading Mint won TechCrunch40's top company award taking the $50,000 prize.
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What are the benefits of Mint.com?
Easy to use: You’re up and running in less than five minutes. And Mint does virtually all the rest.
Comprehensive: Mint provides detailed visibility into virtually all your financial relationships with a single, secure login.
Visual and Analytical: Mint gives you powerful insights into your finances making–it easier to make good financial decisions.
Constantly working to find you savings: Mint typically finds users $1,000 in savings opportunities in their first session—minutes after registering. And Mint keeps looking for new ways for you to save every day—continuously comparing your needs to product, service and bank offerings most relevant to you.
Secure: Mint provides bank–level data security and industry–leading identity protection. Its security and privacy have been validated by VeriSign and TRUSTe.
Always On: You’re automatically notified of upcoming bills, low balances, and any unusual activity in any of your accounts through one (m)interface.
Anywhere/anytime access: You can get to Mint anywhere, anytime over the Web.
And it’s Free!
I have used Mint.com to keep track in real time my finances and recommend you do the same. Knowing how you spend your money is a crucial step to becoming wealthy.