I think you'll agree with me when I say this:
Mint was a great personal finance tool when it was released but now many competitors have it outclassed.
When Mint.com first arrived on the scene, it was a revelation.
Here's a free service that would aggregate all of your credit card spending and take away one of the biggest time sucks in responsible money management. In one fell swoop, you had yourself a budget just by linking up your financial accounts.
Sure, there were initial hiccups. Categorization was a pain, the tools around managing your budget were raw, but Mint.com grew itself from a disruptor of Quicken to a full-fledged competitor. So much so that Intuit would buy Mint.com in 2009 for $170 million, shut down Quicken Online, and sell Quicken to another company.
It's been nearly eleven years since Mint.com's launch in March 2006. In that time a lot has changed. A new crop of startups, Mint alternatives if you will, built on fresh new technology and an eye to disrupt the once-disruptor.
If you're looking to move on (and if you're tired of constantly fixing your account connections!), you might find your next favorite from this list!
Best of the Best
Now for more in-depth looks at these and more…
- Personal Capital
- You Need a Budget
- Status Money
Our Personal Capital review explains the service in greater detail, including how it fits in our financial workflow, but this post on why I switched from Mint to Personal Capital highlights the big reasons why I personally made the switch.
The tl;dr on why I switched was that Personal Capital has a suite of investing related tools that Mint simply doesn't. I was less interested in the expense tracking features and more interested in getting a better handle on where my investments were, whether I was doing it right, and Mint wasn't cutting it anymore. With Mint, I feel like you're looking backwards. With PC, I feel like I have a better idea of where I'm going; if that makes any sense.
Like Mint, and many of the alternatives on this page, Personal Capital is free.
Here's a brief over view video of Personal Capital's cash flow and budgeting tools:
YNAB focuses on four rules – Give Every Dollar a Job (ie. zero-based budgeting), Embrace Your True Expenses, Roll With The Punches, and Age Your Money – which helps you take what you're doing now and put it in a framework that sets you up for financial and budgeting success into the future.
YNAB has a $5 monthly fee ($50 if you pay annually) after an initial 34-day free trial.
Here's a great video (produced by YNAB) about the latest version of the software plus a discussion of the philosophy behind YNAB:
Founded in 2015, it's the only service that will sync your financial transactions into a completely customizable spreadsheet. It's not free though, it's $5 a month, but you get access to a ton of templates to get your spreadsheet started. (our review of Tiller)
(There's a free 30-day trial.)
It offers all of the tracking functionality of these other tools, is free, and the comparison adds another layer that can help inform you and your decision making.
One thing that Quicken does offer that these other services don't is the ability to set up bill pay, which works well for some of those smaller banks that don't offer it though it comes with a fee. It also pulls your home value information via Zillow, if that is important to you.
Quicken is a software application you purchase (starts around $30 for the Starter Edition but quickly goes up) and downloads to your computer (or mobile device).
PocketSmith has a free option that makes you manually import transactions, 12 budgets, 2 accounts, and projections for 6 months out. Premium ($9.95/mo) will get you automatic transaction importing, unlimited budgets, 10 accounts and 10 years of projections. Super ($19.95/mo) gives you unlimited accounts and 30 years of projections.
We have a special coupon code that gives you 50% off the first two months of Premium – make sure to enter the code 50OFFPREMIUM-5G7T for 50% off the first two months.
The big difference between the free version and the paid version is that the paid version has phone support and automated transaction imports/downloads (this is a huge difference). So unless you pay, you have to manually enter transactions. We take a look, with screenshots, at how Everydollar works firsthand.
Here's a look at how you create a budget in EveryDollar:
It was lauded by the Washington Post as being a solid contender to Quicken (and thus Mint) and they offer a free trial plus a 90-day money back guarantee.
While I haven't personally used it, I've heard good things and it's one of the few options that keeps your data local. If that's important to you, give it a look.
We will do additional research to find another option to replace this one.