- Review: The Mint Manual
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Editor’s Note: We liked The Mint Manual so much that we acquired the rights to the eBook on July 1st, 2015. Everything about the review remains the same.
By now you’ve probably heard about Mint.com and how to use it to manage your finances. By linking all your accounts, you get an overall snapshot of where your money is going, and the progress you’re making on your goals. But do you really know how to make Mint.com work to your advantage? This is where The Mint Manual comes in!
The Mint Manual: A Shortcut to Mastering and Saving Money With Mint.com is a guide that will help you spend less time managing your money and more time enjoying it.
What is The Mint Manual?
The Mint Manual is a comprehensive guide to maximizing your experience with using Mint.com, which is of course, a free way to manage your personal finances, credit cards, bank accounts and more.
With this guide you can:
- Save money by avoiding bank fees when you automate your finances
- Become a master Mint.com user and manage your money on the go
- Learn tactics and strategies to quickly get your money organized
- Save tons of time by skipping all the trial and error
How The Mint Manual Works
The Mint Manual is a PDF ebook that you can download to your computer, tablet and is easily read on any iOS or Android device. The author recommends you use your device of choice while reading the guide, so you can easily follow along with his tips and tricks.
For example, if you use the Mint.com website version, then pull that up on your computer while you’re reading the eBook. There are lots of screenshots available so all the steps are easy to follow and test out for yourself.
When it comes to mobile versions, Mint.com works with different operating systems so the first half to the ebook is for Apple iPhone and iPad users, while the last half is for Android tablet and phone users.
Some of the sections and paragraphs are repetitive, and the author did this on purpose so you only have to read the sections that pertain to your needs and the type of device you use.
What Does it Cost?
Although you can use Mint.com for free, The Mint Manual only costs $29. The average overdraft fee is $30 or more, and if you use Mint’s alert features (as outlined in the ebook) you could save yourself a ton of fees.
This fact makes The Mint Manual a great purchase that quickly repays its own investment. Additionally, if you’re not completely satisfied with the guide, you can email Tim and ask for a full refund.
You’ll also get occasional updates via the guide, as Mint.com updates and changes their service. So you can be sure you always have the most up-to-date information.
Favorite Tips and Tricks
The point of using Mint.com is to make managing your finances as simple and quick as possible. The Mint Manual allows you to do this to an even great extent, while learning all the ins-and-outs of the free service.
The author covers all of the main Mint.com features:
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Some of my favorite tips include the secret navigating tip (so you can consistently update Mint.com without refreshing the page) and the categorization short cut.
A Few Things I Liked and Didn’t Like
One of the things I loved is that this is a very comprehensive book that covers the different platforms that Mint.com can be used on. From the online service, to the Apple apps and Android apps, the author explains how to leverage Mint to it’s fullest no matter what platform you choose to use.
On the flipside, there’s a lot of information available that may not be relevant to the devices you use. I only use Apple devices so I don’t need the extra portions talking about the Android apps. Some of the information is the same and there is repeated, which can get a little redundant.
But Tim offers an abundance of advice, tips, and tricks no matter what device or platform you plan to use Mint.com on.
You can easily read the book within one sitting and only takes about an hour to learn all the fun tips and tricks. If you’re a fan of Mint.com and want to use it to properly manage your finances in a quick and efficient way, then you need The Mint Manual too.