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5 must-have tech tools for streamlining finances

posted by Sarah on March 20, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Susan Heid

    I love mint!  We have used for nearly a year and it has changed our finanaces.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @google-6ca1e29afc29cedc01c1e131dc6a4eea:disqus – me too. I’m obsessed. I’m SO visually oriented – the Mint.com interface had me at hello.

  • http://aboutone.com/ Tara from AboutOne

    I never thought about using the debt reduction tools (thanks for the great suggestions!) but I’m another longtime Mint user. It is useful for me throughout the year, but I especially love it at tax time when I can pull in expenses and income throughout the year.

    Another great option for receipts & expenses is Neat. I have the Neat Desk scanner, and I use it several times a week.

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    Does mint let you track cash?

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @1450105f16d328e1b9ac6e340780f44d:disqus – yes, it definitely lets you track cash. You can do it two ways (or a combo of the two): input your cash account manually OR link it to your financial institution (they link with most banks/credit unions). If you do the latter, it will pull in all of your transactions. You can then further classify what you spent your cash withdrawls on. You just click on the line item for the withdrawl and “split” it into the different cash transactions you made so you can see where your money is going.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     The Neat scanner is, well, neat isn’t it? :)

  • Samantha Sand

    I use iBank for Mac. Mint is probably safe enough, but it’s important to be aware of the risks. Mint and any of their vendors/partners will have access to a lot of personal information which could be at risk for identity theft. This problem is growing unfortunately. My husband and I (two IT geeks) wrote about this topic on our blog Digital Zen. You can read more here: http://bit.ly/GT8NNY.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @google-bc8716e2bf72dc7ca69e9dce79f723c7:disqus – thanks for the comment and for the helpful link to your post about security. It’s not a topic I take lightly because I agree with you, it’s so important to take steps to protect your identity and important information.

  • Samantha Sand

    Mint is a great tool. We are definitely more on the conservative side of privacy/identity protection because of my husband – this is his area of expertise and he consults to banking, military, etc. and sees how real the problem is from the inside. Thank you for all the great organizational advice, I love ButtonedUp! Maybe one of your challenges could be buttoning up our digital lives :-)

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @google-bc8716e2bf72dc7ca69e9dce79f723c7:disqus – what a great idea! Although I’m thinking that might take at least 5 challenges (not just one!). :) So glad you love Buttoned Up – makes my heart smile to hear it. Love doing this!

  • Leslie

    LearnVest is great as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Time-management-Community/554894041201119 Vincent Churchil

    I am sure mint is an excellent finance management tool, but we use Quickbooks for maintaining our finance and tracking expenses. At the same time we use Replicon time clock software integrated with QB for time tracking.

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