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Take control of your budget

Take control of your budget
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A well-organized budget is essential to financial freedom. But, when it comes time to track and analyze spending, it's tough to pull all the information together. Mint takes care of the heavy lifting for you.

It syncs with all of your accounts to track spending for you. Then, it organizes all of your spending into detailed categories like groceries, fast food, movies and more. You'll always know where your money is going and whether you're spending more than you'd like to.

The site recognizes when you pay a bill and sets it in your calendar automatically. It will remind you when the bill is due so you never pay a late fee.

Mint will plan short-term and long-term spending goals for you, too. Tell the site how much you think you need for that new car or that new TV and Mint tells you how much to save every month.

Mint is a very handy app for monitoring your finances. It can automatically track your spending. All you have to do is enter your account information.

You can set aside how much you can spend per month on different categories. For example, you can set $150 on gas, or $300 on groceries. At the end of each month, Mint gives you a financial report, which will let you see how closely you stayed to your budget.

The savings plans are also helpful. You can set monetary goals for things you want to buy and Mint will keep you updated on how much money you've saved.

Best of all? Mint is completely free. Click the blue buttons below to download Mint for Apple or Android.

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