Like a lot of people I have had trouble in the past with budgets. It can be hard keeping track of the money coming in versus the money spent. I decided to download the Mint budgeting app and now I have complete knowledge of where my money is going. Making a budget and sticking too it has never been easier. Let me show you show how it works and why you should try it.


Keep Track of Everything At Once

To start the whole process you make a profile and link your bank accounts to the app. If you're nervous about the app having your financial records then check out their page on security and see if it eases your worries. Having everything directly linked means that the app will track every single purchase that you make and will keep track of those statistics. All of this information is in one place which means you can switch between accounts easily. You can even keep track of your investments with Mint, with tools to help you track and strengthen your portfolio. It will tell you how much each different account has, how much credit card debt there is this month, and how much money you have total.


Budgeting Is Made Easy

The best features come after you have linked up your bank accounts. Using the statistics coming from each purchase you can set up a budget for the month. You make your own categories and decide how much money you want to spend on each. As it fills up you'll get an idea of how much you have left, and Mint will even alert you if you're about to go over budget. Categories like Groceries, Gas & Fuel, Shopping, Rent, and more can keep you in line so that you stop spending too much money in the wrong categories.

Track Your Spending Habits

The budget can also be displayed as a pie chart to let you know more specifically what you spend your money on. If you really want to know what your pre existing spending habits were, I suggest that you don't make a budget until you go through a month with Mint. After that month take a look at the pie chart. Are you spending the majority of your expendable money on eating out, buying clothes, getting movie tickets, or something else? Take that information and use it to realistically shape your budget to allow for your natural habits, without letting them get out of hand.

Manage Your Bills

If you have bills to pay then Mint can help you stay on schedule. They will tell you which bills are coming up and how much they'll cost. Now you'll never make a late payment due to forgetfulness. This is incredibly helpful if you have multiple cards that have bills due at different times. Keep track of what you're spending on each card and make sure you never pay another late fee.

Monitor Your Credit Score

You can even use the app to help get your credit score. The makers of Turbotax created Mint and they can help you get through the nitty gritty of the finance world. Finding your credit score is easy. Mint takes your information and uses it with Equifax, one of the three largest American credit reporting agencies in the United States. You'll get your score and then the necessary accompanying information below. Your credit usage, average age of credit, total accounts, credit inquiries, and derogatory marks will all be listed in one easy to view page.

Do yourself a favor and get your finances in order, all in one easy to use interface! I tried it and so should you.

PayPath
Follow Us on

Airbnb is a great option while traveling, but you should protect yourself from damage charges from unscrupulous hosts.

Airbnb offers an affordable option for people looking to be more comfortable as they travel.

However, there are downsides to staying in a host's home rather than a hotel. Whereas hotels are designed for constant streams of visitors and often have furniture built to last, at an Airbnb, you may be staying on old or cheap furniture that a host is using in order to maximize their profits.

And while most reputable hotels will have regular room inspections from staff to check for any wear and tear, Airbnb damage disputes are oftentimes he said, she said situations. If you are in an Airbnb and something breaks, there are a few steps you should take in order to ensure that you are not on the hook for damages out of your control.

Keep reading Show less

What Are NFTs?

Art Installation N°1 by Carlos Marcial. Rhett Dashwood / YouTube

If you're keeping tabs on the art and tech worlds, you've probably been hearing whispers about "NFTs" for the past month. Just over the past week they've entered the mainstream lexicon.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made the news for selling his first ever tweet. The app has been teasing paid subscription models and newsletter-like features, but tweets for sale is "the next frontier."

The 2006 tweet went up for auction as an NFT, and the current bid is $2.5 Million. But what does it mean to own that? Why would anyone want to? And what even is an NFT?

Keep reading Show less

Long gone are the days when the majority of Americans dreamed about owning a home with a white picket fence.

The traditional American Dream may be on its deathbed, but that doesn't mean a core component of the vision can't survive. It simply takes a diverse perspective. People can still believe they can attain their own vision of success in society with hard work, knowledge, and risk-taking. Investing in today's American Dream may literally mean investing money in our modern economy, starting with our infrastructure.

Real estate investing in particular is a lucrative method that can boost income and secure a better financial future for many. There's always risk involved, but the payoffs can far outweigh the uncertainty. Selecting solid financial investments is about confidence and competence. If you're looking for some advice on this kind of investment, here are a few savvy tips for new real estate investors.

Stick To a Specific Strategy or Niche

Real estate is a challenging sphere of the business world, one that requires several key skills: groundwork knowledge, networking, perseverance, and organization. True knowledge of the real estate market will come with time and experience, but it's a smart idea to select one area of the market and stick to it. This is the best way to attain in-depth familiarity with your specific niche.

First, choose a geographical area close by and then a niche strategy within it, such as house flips, rental rehabs, or residential or commercial properties. By doing so, you can become aware of current inner working conditions in the market and you'll have a better idea of how these trends may change in the future.

Be Vigilant About Viable Financing Options

While it takes money to make money, you don't have to use all your own money. A common misconception about real estate investing is that you must be wealthy to start off. This isn't straight fact, however. A majority of people can test the waters of real estate investing without a lot of initial cash in their pocket.

Aside from traditional financing options from banks and institutions, private lending options can be worthy solutions. Hard money lenders are popular, reasonable choices, and they tend to have fewer qualification requirements upfront. However, be sure to strategically choose a hard money lender to find the best possible fit.

Master the Art of Finding Good Deals

There may be hundreds of thousands of available properties for sale on the current market, but the bulk of them will never amount to the final money-making result you desire. Another great tip for new real estate investors is to use good math to estimate profit. Taking risks is part of the process, but you have the ability to analyze properties and use networking sources to find the greatest deal. You can't win every deal, but you can steadily work towards a thriving financial future.