4 Online Tools to Fix Your Finances

Go online to budget, learn the basics, save money and ditch the paper.

The Internet has changed the way we shop, get news and keep in touch. But it can also help organize your finances -- sometimes in ways you wouldn't expect. Here are four tools to get your budgets and bills in order.

1. Budget and track. Link your financial accounts to Mint.com. The site downloads and categorizes income and expenditures from your accounts automatically, and offers snapshots of your cash flow with pie charts and graphs. A "Ways to Save" tool homes in on the most suitable banking and investment accounts and insurance policies based on your spending patterns or the information you enter. The "Goals" feature calculates how much cash you'll need to, say, build an emergency fund or buy a car. Check your budget as you shop with Mint's smart-phone application (for Android phones, iPhones and iPads).

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Lisa Gerstner
Editor, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

Lisa has been the editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance since June 2023. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting and writing for the magazine on a variety of topics, including credit, banking and retirement. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.