Best Personal-Finance Web Sites to Track Your Cash

New financial Web sites make it a snap to stay on top of spending and set goals.

In the beginning there was Quicken and Microsoft Money, and financial life was good. Hours were spent in front of a cathode-ray-tube screen pondering whether a happy-hour splurge should be classified as an “entertainment” or “food” expense. Then, three years ago, free budgeting Web sites, such as Mint and Wesabe, appeared. They could download transactions from users’ accounts, categorize them automatically, and produce spending and income reports using colorful graphs. That enabled even people who were less fanatical about their money to keep tabs on it. And financial life was better.

See our slide show: Which Budgeting Site Is Best for You?

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Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance