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Keeping up with your financial life can be a full-time job. Managing bills, tracking spending, staying on top of reward accounts is exhausting. Luckily, there’s a free site that makes managing your finances a piece of cake. Now’s a good time to let out a sigh of relief!
Introducing – Manilla.com. Manilla takes all of the information you need to manage your bills, accounts, and rewards and puts them in one secure place. No more paper clutter! Statements and financial documents can be easily accessed at any time. In addition, you can be sent reminders when bills are due or when rewards points are about to expire. With one password you get all of this for FREE! Unlimited storage, free reminders, organized documents–what more could your financial life want?
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.
- Account statements from financial institutions that 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 used to download and print each statement so I could compile a more complete record. On Manilla, I can keep these imported online statements for as long as I want, eliminating my monthly download/print/file routine. Plus, 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 all my "modern-day" financial dealings and subscriptions like Groupon purchases and their expiration dates, 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 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. But since Manilla is still in its early stages, I’m hoping these providers will be added soon.
- I like to see my financial health represented graphically. Manilla didn't have any graphics, 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.