Mint.com and Quicken – Get it FREE

I’ve been using Mint.com for several months now and love the ease and speed of having all of my financial information in one place. At one glance I can see how much I owe on my credit cards, what my net worth is and the balance in my bank account.

On October 14, Intuit – the owners of both Mint and Quicken – released the first collaboration between the Mint.com web based program and the Quicken desktop version. Millions of Americans trust Quicken to help them keep their finances straight . . . and around here, that means saving more money in your budget so that you have more money to give to a worthy cause.

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Quicken 2011 has the following updates:

· See all accounts in one place: A 360-degree financial view brings together all accounts, including bank, credit card, investment and retirement, to give users clear insight into where they stand.
· Customize screen views: A modern, customer-friendly design and iTunes-like transaction registers make sorting and searching fast.
· Evaluate spending habits: An improved, automated engine categorizes transactions with accuracy exceeding 90 percent.
· Clearly count transfers: Credit card payments are automatically matched to transfers from checking or savings, so they’re not double-counted. 
· Set up in just minutes: A streamlined setup process adds bank, credit card and investment accounts in just three steps and automatically imports data from previous versions of Quicken.
· Create simple budgets: Based on an individual’s historical spending, personalized budgets make it easier to stick to and track against budgets.
· Never miss a bill: Personalized bill, expense alerts and a graph to project cash flow help users avoid late fees and penalties.
· Plan for life’s goals: Whether helping users get out of debt, work toward retirement, or create a customized plan, Quicken helps create a clear, actionable plan.
· Know how investments are performing: Stock quotes are now automatically refreshed every 15 minutes.
· Support for more banks: Automatically downloads transactions and account balances from nearly every bank and credit union in the U.S. – 12,000, up from 5,000.

Online Mint.com does many of these same things, and you can get it for FREE by going here and registering.

Some people are still hesitant about giving out all of their passwords online or having their banking information accessible via the Web. If that’s you, you can win a copy of Quicken 11 right here!

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