A lot of us struggle with keeping our financial life in order. Trying to manage our bills, our spending, and all of the reward accounts we have can be a full time job within itself. I am excited to tell you about a site that has helped me–Manilla.com. With the use of a single password, Manilla provides customers with an automated, organized view of all of their account information, text and/or email reminders to pay bills and unlimited storage of account documents that Manilla has seamlessly retrieved for the customer.
Here's how to sign up for your free Manilla account:
- Click here to get started.
- Enter your basic information, username and password, and security questions in the designated boxes. Then press the blue "Sign Up" button.
- You will then be asked to sync your bank accounts using your login and password information. You can rest assured that your sensitive information will be safe because Manilla uses TRUSTe site validation services and the same security systems as major banks.
- Your account statements from financial institutions you've linked to your Manilla account are automatically imported to the accounts tab section of your dashboard. Since many of my financial institutions only keep a year's worth of statements online, I download and print each statement so I can compile a more complete record of my statements. On Manilla you can keep these imported online statements for as long as you want—as such, I'm not wasting time doing the monthly download/print/file routine, and these statements aren't taking up room on my hard drive or in my file cabinet.
- I'm a text message kind of gal, so I love that Manilla lets you set up custom SMS alerts to remind you when your bills are due. Choose whether you want alerts sent one, three, or seven days before the bill is due, when a bill becomes past due, or when there's an account issue. You can also set up email alerts in the same manner.
- I loved having a place to put in all my "modern-day" financial dealings and subscriptions like my Groupon purchases and their expiration dates, my Netflix subscription information, and the date I needed to cancel my free Hulu Plus trial in order to avoid paying the monthly subscription fee. You can tell that the creators of Manilla definitely have their fingers on the pulse of popular financial culture.
- Manilla has developed mobile phone applications that make it easy to check your account when you're away from your computer. Unfortunately, these mobile apps are only for the Android and the iPhone. What about us BlackBerry users?
- I could not link up my Manilla account to my local utility and cable provider; as such, I couldn't pay these bills directly through my Manilla account. Since Manilla is still in its Beta testing stage, maybe these providers will soon be added.
- I like to see my financial health represented graphically. Manilla didn't have any graphics like tables or pie charts to show my budgeting or financial forecasting information. If I want features like this, I will have to also sign up for a Mint.com account.