Mint.com

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Mint.com

Mint.com is a free Web site that can help you create and manage a budget, and track your spending.

Mint.com

Mint.com offers the easy budgeting of You Need a Budget and the automatic transaction data importation of Quicken. Operating Mint.com is intuitive thanks to a simple, but powerful, user interface. Better yet, it's free. Once you sign up, you'll add in your bank, credit card or other financial data, and because Mint.com, like Quicken, is operated by Intuit, it features the same option to import automatically updated information from those accounts.

After Mint.com imports your financial data, the Web site automatically categorizes purchases into groups such as "Bills & Utilities" and "Food & Dining," and you can allocate a specific amount of money for each type of spending. Mint's Goals page ties into its budgeting system, allowing you to set specific milestones for monthly spending. In addition to its financial management, Mint.com offers charts so you can see your spending trends, and it can also recommend a credit card based on your finances.

If you're looking for a way to watch your spending and set goals, Mint.com is a great place to start. It's a free way to begin controlling your finances, and an excellent precursor to using a more complex pay-for utility like Quicken or You Need a Budget.

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