Mint.Com Compliment - I got an itch only MINT can scratch

Review by 141351 on 2011-03-01
ANYTOWN USA -- Like many of you, I am sick and tired of having a dozen sites to contend with in order to see my account balances and recent transactions. I'm a long time quicken user that recently quit using quicken. Quicken quit scratching my itch but man it still itched.

I stumbled upon a web site called mint.com. Basically mint.com at its heart is an account aggregator. You tell it where your accounts are located and provide your user-id and password then it will retrieve your data from all the different sources and present it to you in a single interface.

GIVE THEM ALL MY PASSWORDS AND USERIDS?? What the heck are you SMOKING STEW? Yeah I know I thought the same as well. I did my research. Mint. Com gets plenty of kudos and I found nothing to indicate they're a security risk. They seem to be just as solid security wise as the banks websites. Also what finally pushed me over the trust ledge is the fact mint.com is a subsidiary of Intuit the same people who own Quicken.
Mint is awesome. It’s the only financial program I’ve ever used that can automatically sync ALL of my accounts behind the scenes even my retirement account which no software ever has been able to touch. Mint is the back scratcher I’ve been desperately seeking for a long time. Here’s some things it scratches:

1. Mint shows current balances for all my accounts.
2. Mint can combine all transactions from all accounts into a single transaction register. Far more useful than most realize.
3. Does a fairly good job categorizing transactions.
4. Gives up-to-date appraisals of your real estate holdings.
5. Real time stock portfolio values.
6. Real time net worth estimate.
7. Awesome iPhone app
8. Real time SMS, EMAIL, and iPhone alerts for conditions such as low balance, bill reminders, available credit, unusual spending, over-budget, interest rate, trade commissions, bank fees, large purchases, large deposits, etc..
9. Tells you instantly your current month’s expenses and income. Lets ya know man am I getting richer or heading for the poor house.
10. Complete set of budgeting tools for those who budget.
11. Best of all NO MANUAL input of transactions!!! Free at last LORD… Free at LAST!

I’ve been using MINT for a couple of weeks. It’s great. It keeps me connected to and informed about my money whether on by computer or iPhone. If you’ve been itching from some financial tracking look into MINT.COM. It just might scratch your itch as it did mine.
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-03-01
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
I'd like somebody to give me some props for doing my best to always keep my reveiws to a single page. Not an easy task for someone as long winded as I.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
In my estimation you're net is worth it. Extra kudos for holding your breath.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-03-01:
Nice info. Don't think it's a fit for me right now, but I may remember and could use this site down the road.
Posted by momsey on 2011-03-01:
Mint is the best! I've been using it for over a year and it's really helped me get a handle on things. It has it's quirks, but for a free service, it's awesome.

Slimjim, I don't know what you mean by it not being a fit for you right now, and it's none of my business, but I can't imagine a situation where mint isn't helpful to someone. As long as you have anything financial going on, be it a checking account or a credit card, mint can help you in some way.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
I buy the basic Quicken software every year - works for me. I don't think I would trust an online site where I have to provide the log in info/passwords to my financial institutions. But, I do know a few people that use Mint and they say it does the job.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
I started using quicken in the late 80's. I used it for over 20 years (OMG that can't be right) but here recently they lost me. Basically quicken is just a high powered check book register and in todays online world I really have very little use for a check book register tethered to a computer. I'm hoping someday quicken will incoporate MINT.

It's 2011. If you aint in the cloud then you're falling.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
momsey, So if I hear you right you are saying... "Hey Roths I'm an Expert at this mint thing feel free to IM me any time you need some mint help".... AWESOME!!! Thanks momsey. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
Do you live under a rock, Lord? Quicken online is Mint.com. Intuit acquired Mint in 2009 and merged the two into one product called Mint.com from Quicken.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
JC, It would be more accurate to say mint.com replaced quicken online because that's what happened. Still Quicken the program doesn't interact with mint.com or at least that's what they say in the intuit support forums.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-01:
Either way, it was Intuit that acquired Mint and then merged the two online programs together.

If you're saying mint doesn't interact with the quicken software program than yea that would be nice.
Posted by momsey on 2011-03-01:
Oh, of course, Lord. Anytime!

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