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Monitor your money on the fly with Mint.com’s Android app

by Kate Currin

If you love using Mint.com to monitor your financial situation, then you will like monitoring your account on the go with the free Mint.com Personal Finance app for Android. While the app doesn’t offer the full financial features of the web site, it does offer some handy tools for keeping an eye on your money.

For instance, my significant other and I have a little competition each week to see who can spend the least on lunch. With this app, I created a “recent transactions” folder right on the home screen of my Motorola Droid X, and can easily keep an eye on the money he spends from our shared account. You might call it cheating, I call it “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

You can also enable global search access, which allows you to search financial transactions from anywhere on your phone. Not quite sure why I want this, but I like having my options open.If security is an issue for you, you will be happy to know the app allows you to program a code for entry. And, you can deactivate your phone’s account online if your device is lost or stolen.

Overall, this app is a functional way to monitor from multiple institutions. You can incorporate your checking, savings, credit cards and loans in this app versus downloading individual apps from each company. And, truth be told people, I’ll try anything that will help me in my quest to save money without charging me money to do it.