Published on May 24th, 2013 | by MadysonGrant0
7 Free Tools to Help you Manage Your Money
The best time to get control of your finances is anytime that keeps them from controlling you. Going on offense is better than developing a defensive strategy after you get in trouble. Web sites offer free tools that you can use to manage your finances with courage and determination.
Work with a Community Online
To participate in an online boot camp, try MyMoneyCircles.com. You get four weeks of guides to success, and each one takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. You can work at your own pace to complete the steps that the site recommends:
The guides show you how to find savings and manage your credit successfully.
Learn to Budget
At Mint.com, you can learn easy steps to budgeting, the basic foundation of success in managing money. The site gives you an option to automatically import data from your credit cards and bank accounts.
At SmartyPig.com, you can set up savings accounts, set goals and keep track of your progress. The main purpose of the site is to help you save money regularly.
Everything in One Place
The Money Center at Yodlee.com provides a complete view of your financial picture in an application that is secure and easy to use. You can view all of your account data in one place online or through their iPhone, Android and Blackberry applications.
Check Your Credit Standing
AnnualCreditReport.com provides a free report on your credit every year. You may have to take a deep breath and hope for the best when you take a look at it, but that is the best thing to do. Your creditors look at it regularly, and it is very influential in getting approval on any new line of credit. When you learn the reason that your credit applications are declined, you may want to find a credit repair service and start to improve your credit rating. Your credit score affects how much you pay for auto insurance and whether you can qualify for coverage.
Understand Your Score
After you take the leap into looking at your report, go to Credit.com to get a better understanding of how your financial habits affect your score and ways that you can improve it.
Staying in Good Shape
Money-rates.com can help you improve an already good financial position by helping you maximize the interest on your investment and savings accounts and minimize the amount of interest that you pay on debts.
Madyson is a freelance blogger. For more financial advice, visit http://money.cnn.com/.