App of the Week: Mint

Publisher: Intuit
Platform: Windows Phone, Windows 8
Price: Free!

In keeping with the theme of New Year resolutions and self-improvement, this week's app is Mint.  Because when it comes to tracking money, folks typically need all the help they can get.  Fortunately, Intuit, the world leader in bookkeeping software like QuickBooks has provided Windows 8 and Windows Phone users alike with Mint.  Mint is a simple, free, and easy to use app that takes the hassle out of tracking finances.

The biggest issue that many will have to overcome is trusting someone with their online banking credentials.  How you clear this hurdle is entirely up to you.  I'm not here to sell a product.  But once you clear this hurdle, you'll be glad you did.  Mint collates all of your financial accounts into one place, making it incredibly easy to track the flow of money.  Mint is capable of sending account alerts, creating a budget, setting bill reminders, and even fraud alerts.

Each transaction can be categorized which then is reflected in the pie charts and bar graphs used to break down spending.  It's a brilliantly effective way of seeing just how much money is being spent in one particular activity.

The Mint app also syncs across devices once you've logged into your account.  Something this obvious is often overlooked with other apps, so it's worth mentioning when it's used and implemented correctly.  For added security, the app can be protected with a unique pass code.   And in case your device is stolen, there is the option to disable access to the app from the profile page.  So if you're looking for a free and easy way to get your finances in order, give Mint a try.