Why I Don’t Balance My Checkbook

We have been told that we need to balance our checkbooks for decades. This common advice is given with the best intentions. We are told that by tracking our transactions, we are protecting ourselves from overdrafts and ensuring nothing unauthorized happens in our accounts. That is true, but there are better ways to do all of that. … [Read more...]

Holiday Giveaway: Win A Copy of My eBook

Win a copy of the Personal Finance Arsenal eBook, a $27 value. Just use the awesome signup tools below to enter. That's it! Consider it a Chanukah or (insert holiday here) give from me! If you don't win, you could buy a copy for yourself. It also makes a great present. … [Read more...]

TripIt Makes Travel Planning Easy

TripIt Makes Travel Planning Easy

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I travel a lot. If you are anything like me, you like having your travel documents, plans, and information all in one place. I used to print out a stack of papers for each hotel, flight, rental car, and other reservation during a trip. Thanks to TripIt, that is now a dead practice. This site is the Mint.com of travel.What Is TripIt?TripIt is a web application that works … [Read more...]

Mint.com Alternative: Adaptu vs. Mint.com

Mint.com Alternative: Adaptu vs. Mint.com

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Update: Adaptu has closed, but there are other, great and new services to try. Be sure to check out my up-to-date list of free money management tools.In the past, I have written a heck of a lot about Mint.com. It has long been my favorite personal finance tool. Over time, however, while features have expanded customer service has declined. This encouraged me to try out … [Read more...]

Mint.com Alternative: PageOnce vs. Mint.com

Mint.com Alternative: PageOnce vs. Mint.com

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The battle of the financial aggregators continues here at Narrow Bridge. In the past, we did an in depth comparison of Mint.com and Thrive. Today, we look at another alternative to these services, PageOnce, and compare it with current leader Mint.com.What They Have In CommonBoth sites are designed to bring your information to one place with a single log in. After an … [Read more...]

Mint Data Gives You Spending Trends

My favorite website, Mint.com, just released aggregate spending data for people interested in seeing trends around the country.  I was a little surprised to see that Littleton, Colorado, just a few miles away from where I am sitting right now, has the fourth highest monthly average spending in the nation.  Crazy!You can see how your city, favorite restaurant, or local store … [Read more...]

Future Advisor

Future Advisor

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If you are interested in getting a serious breakdown of your portfolio and retirement, you might be interested in Future Advisor.  The site uses aggregation technology to load your investment and retirement portfolios and will build you an investment plan to reach your retirement goals.Your input your current annual income and ideal retirement age.  FutureAdvisor takes care … [Read more...]

Time Running Out: eBook Price to Rise

Time is running out to get the eBook of the year, The Personal Finance Arsenal, for the introductory price of $9.  Soon the price will double!In my book, you will learn free and easy methods to manage your personal finances.  These methods for automation, tracking, and managing your income and expenses are guaranteed to save you time and money.Best of all, it comes with … [Read more...]

Award Wallet is Mint for Non-Financial Tracking

Award Wallet is Mint for Non-Financial Tracking

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I always wished that Mint.com would add something to track my frequent flyer mile accounts, hotel point accounts, and so on.  Fortunately, someone came up with a way to do it.Award Wallet lets you input your airline, hotel, and many other online accounts for automatic updating.  You also get a weekly e-mail with updates to your accounts if you choose.  I really like the … [Read more...]

The Business Arsenal: inDinero

The Business Arsenal: inDinero

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I recently found a new web tool that gives the personal finance arsenal tools a small business twist.  I often write about sites like Mint and Thrive, but those are both focused on individuals.  For business owners, you might be interested in start-up inDinero. Before I go on, I have to note that inDinero is not completely free.  There is a free plan for entrepreneurs with … [Read more...]