We’re now more than halfway into January – how are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? I personally am on a mission to get my finances organized and in control (as well as eat better, get to the gym more often, etc., etc.). One key tool I am heavily relying on are personal finance apps. The first personal finance app I wanted to tell you about is Mint (also available on Mint.com). Mint launched in 2010 and has somewhere in the area of 16 million users worldwide. It’s free and very easy to use. I use the online version for more serious work, but the app version keeps me in the know, wherever I go. You link your bank account, track your transactions, set budgets and monitor your credit cards and loans. The only caution is that this app is considered a financial aggregator and as such you are sharing some of your financial information with it, just putting it out there. The other new app I have grown to love (very quickly) is Flipp. If you do any price-matching or keep a close eye on your weekly sales flyers, this app is for you.  You can save thousands of dollars over the course of the year by buying your fave grocery items on sale.  The app will ask to verify your location then will bring all the flyers for your area into the app. You favorite the flyers you are interested in, then you browse those flyers on your phone. Clip the items on sale that you’re interested in or search by keywords. Bring your phone with you to the store and you are done! No more time wasted looking for who has toilet paper on sale this week. It does the looking for you! Let me know if you have tried any of these and what has or has not worked for you.

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