Online Tools for Family Budgets
Some families may find that the most useful aspect of living in a world with nearly endless online tools means being able to budget for the family with these tools. The following three online services offer families a way to organize family expenses online, sharing access to secure accounts and eliminating some of the paper clutter that overwhelms many families:
Mint is a service that lets you organize all your financial accounts in one location, create a budget, and track goals. The free mobile app connected to Mint.com allows account holders to access their financial information in one place via their mobile devices. Families can use Mint.com to set family goals, such as vacations or purchases for the home, and then track the progress toward this goal.
Manilla allows families to securely upload all financial information in one location for free. From your home computer or mobile device, you can use Manilla to create bill pay reminders, manage online accounts, and organize paperless statements.
PearBudget focuses on budget creation and after a 30-day free trial is available for $5 a month. This online tool is great for families who perhaps haven’t ever created a budget in the past and are looking for an online tool to help them get started.
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