For unorganized persons like myself, the Internet is a great asset, because it allows us to access our schedules, contacts, correspondences, and nearly everything else form any computer with a connection. However, when putting together my monthly, yearly, and weekly budgets, I’ve only found a few websites that can help me stay organized and make sure I’m not hemmorhaging money. Here are three great websites that can help you control and monitor your family’s budget.
Ican Budget Manager – This simple websitesets up a paper budget for your monthly spending, and it pretty much does exactly what it says it does–great for those of us who prefer a paper and pencil to a keyboard, but still want to use a computer to start the budget organization process. You can use the planner to begin saving for a big trip or other expense, and see where your money’s going. It’s free, it’s simple, and it works, great for anyone who doesn’t want much more than a budget planner.
Foxway – This website has quite a few tools that you can use on your budget, from a planner to calculators to money saving tips and even hints on where to get coupons. It’s not the prettiest website in the world–in fact, it looks like they fired their web designer somewhere around 1998–but the tools are certainly useful, especially some of the worksheets. It’s a great knowledge base, and first time budget planners should definitely give it a visit.
Mint.com –Nearly every bank and loan organization provides some sort of online service for their customers these days. However, while it’s certainly very convenient to have access to all 5 of my credit cards, both of my bank accounts, and my loan information, remembering to log into all of those websites to check the state of my finances isn’t exactly simple. That’s where Mint.com steps in. Through a quick setup process, you’ll give Mint.com your banking passwords (don’t worry, it’s secure), as well as information for credit cards, home loans, auto loans, and pretty much anything else that you can think of. Mint then accesses all of your accounts and gives you a rundown of where each stand, as well as tracking your purchases in different areas. Mint will email you if you go over budget for a certain category, and the website is nearly always accurate in determining where certain charges go (i.e. gas stations go under the automotive budget, etc). There’s even support for your iPhone, so you can check the state of your budgets and finances on the go. Best of all, it’s free. Highly recommended.
Do you know of any websites that help with budget control? Post in the comments section below.