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Mint offers App for Windows Phone Users

Courtesy of Mint.com

 

Mint.com has finally brought Windows Phone users in from the cold.

Mint announced earlier this month that they have launched a free version of their money management tool for the Windows Phone 8 platform as well as a desktop version on Windows 8.1.

With the help of some fresh mint green graphics, those using Windows mobile devices have joined iPhone and Android users in being able to track all of their financial accounts on a single App on their phone or tablet using Windows’ Live Tile. That means they can view budgets, bank and credit card accounts anywhere and anytime without having to sign into each individual account. Pretty handy if you want to make impulse purchase and you want to check your account status first.

For those who are not already using the browser version, Mint has become the go-to portal for users to track their bank, credit card, loan, mortgage and investment accounts in one place. All you have to do to set up the account is provide Mint with your ID and password for each account.

Budgeting

Transactions are automatically categorized into common household budget expenditures, while the software automatically formulates a recommended budget based on expenditure.

Making budgeting easy for money management phobes like me, the program automatically suggests a monthly budget and warns you by email when your expenditures is higher than expected. A click and drag sliding scale interface overlaid on bar charts that show monthly spending, makes customizing individual line items a breeze.

Categories can also be added to the budget from a menu of common expenditures.  If your expenditure for one month looks unusual, you can drill down and check individual expenditures. Further analysis could reveal that it is time to rethink your budget, or perhaps it is a flag the automatic categorization got it wrong and the expense needs to be moved to a difference slot.

Alerts

Mint warns you by email also when a bill is due for payments and when you’ve been hit by a pesky finance charge. It also lets you know when you are getting close to the credit limit for an individual accounts.

Virtual Financial Adviser

Mint also acts as your virtual financial adviser, analyzing your expenditure and offering tips on how you can save money on unnecessary charges or get a better return on your investment. One caveat, since Mint will steer you to specific products, it would be wise to take these suggestions under advisement. This is one area where you really want make the effort to do your homework to check out if there is a better deal out there

Tracking Investments

You can also track the performance of investments, see your asset allocation across all your investment accounts: 401k, IRAs, mutual funds, and brokerage accounts.

Ultimately, the long awaited Windows version of Mint, will please many un-served customers who want to have their finances close at hand. While Mint helps you with book keeping and assists you make wiser financial decisions, it still  should be noted that it is just an aid to managing your money more efficiently. You still have the responsibility to paying your bills on time.

Oh, and despite the name, it’s not going to print money for you. Other than that anyone who feels they don’t have control on their finances — as long as you trust the security backed by 128-bit encryption, TRUSTe and VeriSign  — this software makes bringing those finances under control again a snap.

Download the free Mint Windows Phone 8 platform and Windows 8.1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While Mint helps you with book keeping and assists you make wiser financial decisions, it still is just an aid to managing your money. You still have to make sure the bills are paid.

Oh, and despite the name, it’s not going to print money for you. Other than that anyone who feels they don’t have control on their finances — as long as you trust Mint promises for financial security and thousands of users do — bringing those finances under control again is a doddle with this program.

Nothing appears to be 100 percent hacker proof, but Mint uses the same 128-bit encryption used by banks and used TRUSTe and VeriSign. Since it is a read-only service, nobody can you the program to move money around.

Download the free Mint for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8,

Mint.com has finally brought Windows Phone users in from the cold.

Mint announced earlier this month that they have launched a version of their money management tool for the Windows Phone 8 platform as well as a desktop version on Windows 8.1.

With the aid of some sharp minty green graphics, those of us using Windows mobile devices who are too busy, or in my case just too lazy, have now joined iPhone and Android users in being able to keep track of all their financial accounts in a single App on their phone or tablet.

Users get consolidated view of their money using real-time updates via Live Tiles making it easy to access up to date budgets, checking and credit card and loan balances anywhere and anytime without having to sign into individual accounts. That makes the App handy if you are tempted by an impulse purchase while window shopping or surfing the internet during a lunch break, for example.

For those who are not already using the browser version, Mint has become the go-to portal for users to track their bank, credit card, loan and investment accounts. All you have to do is provide Mint with your ID and password for each account and the information is available on Mint, also password protected.

Budgeting

Transactions are automatically categorized into common household budget expenditures, while the software automatically sets a budget and provides graphic charts on showing how your spending breaks down.

You get fed bill reminders and other alerts showing when you have been hit with ATM and other finance charges and when you are getting close to your credit limit on an individual account.

 Transactions are automatically categorized into common household budget expenditures automatically setting budget and providing graphic charts on showing how your weekly spending breaks down.  

For the most part the automatic categories are on-the nail but the program allows users to categorize any few misallocated and unallocated expenditures.

Making budgeting easy for money management phoebes like me, the program automatically suggests a monthly budget and warns you when expenditures are out of whack. Using a click and drag sliding scale overlaid on bar charts showing monthly spending, makes customizing individual line items a breeze.

Categories can be added the budget from a menu of common expenditures.  If your expenditure for one month look unusual, you can drill down and check individual expenditures. This could mean you have to rethink your budget or perhaps it is a flag the automatic categorization got it wrong and it’s time to correct it.

Alerts

Mint warns you by email also  when  a bill is due for payments and when you’ve been hit by a pesky finance charge. It also lets you know wheren you are getting close to the credit limit for an individual accounts. A

Virtual Financial Adviser

Mint also acts as your virtual financial advisor, analyzing your expenditure and offering tips on how you can save money on unnecessary charges or get a better return on your investment. One caveat, since Mint will steer you to specific products, it would be wise to take these suggestions under advisement. This is one area where you really want make the effort to do your homework to check out if there is a better deal out there.

Tracking Investments

You can also track the performance of investments, see your asset allocation across all your investment accounts: 401k, IRAs, mutual funds, and brokerage accounts.

While Mint helps you with book keeping and assists you make wiser financial decisions, it still is just an aid to managing your money. You still have to make sure the bills are paid.

Oh, and despite the name, it’s not going to print money for you. Other than that anyone who feels they don’t have control on their finances — as long as you trust Mint promises for financial security and thousands of users do — bringing those finances under control again is a snap with this program.

Mint uses the same 128-bit encryption used by banks and used TRUSTe and VeriSign. Since it is a read-only service, nobody can you the program to move money around.

Download the free Mint for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8,

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