Finance Corner: Mint vs. Pageonce

It’s January. The craze that was holiday shopping has finally subsided and the only thing you can think about is how are you going to pay for all of the stuff you’ve bought. It’s that time of the month when credit card bills begin to roll in and you see the dramatic increase in your balance. How do you manage all of the balances you now have to think about paying off/down?

If most of you all aren’t familiar with Mint and Pageonce, they are online money budgeting programs that are there to help you manage balances, create budgets and just see exactly how and where your money is making an impact. They also provide alternatives to the accounts that you currently have, helping you to save money. Let’s take a look at Mint first:

Mint can provide you with a list of all of your transactions like you see in this view. By simply clicking a specific account, you can all see all purchases, payments, and fees that have occurred. You can also add categories to each transaction so that Mint, can specify where your money is going according to specific categories such as food, entertainment, clothing, gas, etc.

Also, you can create budgets and goals for yourself. If you plan to buy a car, house, or pay off your credit card by a certain time, Mint will give you an estimate of the amount of money you need to put aside each month in order to reach your goal. It also let’s you know if you are ahead or behind schedule.

Pageonce is the program I am currently using. I love and use Mint as well but I’m a Gemini, therefore I have issues saying with one thing. Pageonce is very similar to Mint; although the layout is slight different and I actually like it better. Also Pageonce is more than just a finance helper; you can also check your email, flight reservations, and the next video in your queue in Netflix. It does just about everything all within the same program, giving you an easier way to manage things in one web program.

As you can see, Pageonce is a whole lot more versatile than Mint. Be advised that both of these programs need your sign in information in order to get access to your accounts and give you the most up to date information. I know that most people would be skeptical, but the site is https protected meaning nothing should come harm to your information.

Give one of these programs a try; you will be surprised how much your savings vs. debt is and then you will realize that you really need to get to work!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colin
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 17:51:47

    Nice comparison. I’ve seen enough to believe that both Mint and Pageonce are credible. However, it’s not simply because they use https. Https only indicates that no one can intercept your communication between your browser and the website. It does not mean that the website itself is trustworthy.

    Just wanted to make sure to clarify in case anyone else read the article thinking ‘it’s https, so it must be safe.’

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  2. DG
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 06:12:43

    Mint is owned by Inuit–makers of Quicken and so I trust they’ll do what it takes to protect your info. Pageonce— I don’t know who owns them though I doubt they wouldn’t follow the same security levels as mint, its competitor. So I feel both are as safe as it gets for a free service—besides thieves can steal your info from ur trash and from your personal computer so worrying about a read-only website data retrieving software shouldn’t be anyone’s primary concern. What has swayed me towards pageonce though is the fact that they offer the ability to look at utility bills as well, something that mint doesn’t do and who doesn’t have bills to pay.

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  3. Brian
    May 01, 2011 @ 20:04:48

    I’ve been a MINT user for a while. Recently, there has been an issue accessing investing information with some large-name institutions (Vanguard in particular). On a support forum, nearly a hundred people have regularly notified staff of the problem, but to no avail. MINT has utterly disregarded this concern and thus is pushing people away. While I thought MINT was an excellent source for financial help and order, I believe that after a recent acquisition by Quicken, some things are going down the drain–like customer service. I’m ready to give Pageonce a chance.

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