I have heard about the financial company Mint almost since the day they launched thanks to my podcast habit of This Week in Tech. It is a financial service that helps you manage your money. It is online, pulls in your banking information and has that "new web" clean look and interface. I knew all this and have heard geeks rave about it for ages, but was just never very interested. It didn't even really cross my radar when I set out the New Year's Resolution of money management in terms of saving money for travel.
This year money is a big focus for me. I want to be able to go back to Panama whenever I want. I don't want to rely on my dad to pay. And not only Panama, but anywhere. I want to travel more. To that end I must pay off my credit card. I'm not going after it as hard as I could, but I think by next January's tax refund I should have it finished. Last night as I was skimming SXSW award winners there was Mint and before I knew it I was signing up. And I already know even though it has been last than 24 hours that this is going to really help me because I can't lie to Mint. I can't forget to enter my data. Mint is pulling my data from my bank so everything will be there. I set up the same budgeting categories in Mint that I had on my iPhone except this time if I go over I will get a text message or an email alerting me. A virtual finger wag. Awesome. Money management here I come.