Mobile App Spotlight: Mint
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Mobile App Spotlight: Mint

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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smartphone-moneyHappy App-Tastic Wednesday!

Smartphone? Check. It’s definitely time to put your mobile device to work for you. As most of us already know our phones have capabilities that exceed calling or text messaging. In fact, savvy savers like you can download applications (aka apps) onto your phone. Apps can help you do everything from helping you manage your finances to saving you money! For the next few weeks we will be spotlighting our favorite mobile apps that can help you cut costs and organize your family’s finances.

Mint

This week’s app superstar is Mint. Knowing your household expenses and where you stand with your finances is key. It’s vital to understand a basic financial groundwork, where your family stands, so as to establish where you’d like to go. Mint is here to help you do that. With Mint you can keep track of all your account balances, recent transactions, and see how well your investments are performing.  Mint’s helpful tools also allow you to create financial goals, like saving for a luxurious trip to Hawaii, and keep track of your progress in an easy to read graphic. In addition to organizing and categorizing your spending, this app makes suggestions on where you could save money in easy and accomplishable ways while also providing expert financial advice.

Ready to sign up? We thought so. To download this app for iPads, iPhones, Androids, or Tablets click here. If you’d like to learn more about Mint itself click here.

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.