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Sams Teach Yourself Mint.com in 10 Minutes


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  • Copyright 2012
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-33566-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33566-2

Sams Teach Yourself Mint.com in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn how to use Mint.com’s free tools to simplify your finances, take control of your money, get better deals, and build lifelong financial security!

Tips point out shortcuts and solutions

Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls

Notes provide additional information

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to...

  • Create your Mint.com account, and get started fast
  • Consolidate all your checking, credit card, loan, and investment accounts on one easy web page
  • Discover your total net worth right now
  • Avoid financial “information overload”—but get all the details you want, when you need them
  • Find better deals on loans, credit cards, checking accounts, and other financial services
  • Easily create a personal budget and monitor your progress in following it
  • Track your outstanding student loans, car loans, and mortgages
  • Monitor all your investments, from stocks to retirement and college savings accounts—even art and antiques
  • Get instant alerts about events affecting your finances
  • Keep your financial information safe and secure
  • Access your Mint.com pages from your smartphone or tablet

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Table of Contents

Introduction    1

Who Is This Book For?    2

Conventions Used in This Book    3

1  Mint.com Overview    5

What Is Mint.com?    5

Financial Overview    7

Stick to a Budget    7

Save Money    7

Spot Trends    10

Details, Details    10

One-Click Tool Tabs    11

The Mint.com Community    13

Security    14

Sign Up    15

Log Out    20

Summary    21

2  Checking and Savings Accounts    23

Your Checking Account    23

Linking Checking to Mint.com    25

Your Savings Account    29

Deleting an Account    33

Summary    35

3  Credit Cards    37

Your Credit Card(s)    37

Linking a Credit Card to Mint.com    38

View Credit Card Details    43

View Similar Charges    46

Use Tags    47

Export Your Data    49

View Other Accounts    50

Using Tags    51

Summary    53

4  Loans    55

Your Loans    55

Linking a Loan to Mint.com    56

Add a Mortgage    61

Adding Loan Details    65

Mint.com Progress Bar    68

Summary    72

5  Investments and Account Updates    73

Your Investments    73

Linking an Investment to Mint.com    74

Update an Account    78

Other Types of Investments    82

Summary    86

6  Email and SMS Alerts    89

Stay Alert    89

Basic Alerts    90

Configuring Alerts    93

Summary    101

7  Categories    103

Creating a Budget or Setting Goals    103

Transaction Categories    104

Assigning a Category to Multiple Transactions    106

Creating Custom Categories    110

Credit Cards and Categories    112

Summary    114

8  Budgets    115

Budgeting Made Simple    115

Creating a New Budget    116

Editing an Existing Budget    122

Deleting a Budget    124

View Other Budgets    126

Using the Budgets Tool    126

Summary    131

9  Goals    133

Setting Financial Goals    133

Adding a Goal    134

Use a Mint.com Goal    135

Editing a Goal    144

Creating a Custom Goal    146

Summary    151

10  Trends & Ways to Save    153

Trends    154

Ways to Save    159

Summary    163

11  Mobile Mint    165

Take Mint.com with You    165

Mint.com and Android    165

Mint.com and iOS    172

Mint.com and Tablets    174

Summary    176

12  Educate Yourself (Blog/Forum Usage)    177

The Mint.com Community    177

Frequently Asked Questions    178

The Mint.com Community Forums    181

Mint.com Blog    186

Summary    189

Index    191


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