Myself included, many of us are struggling to get a handle on our financial lives and manage our bills, spending, and rewards accounts. Just to name a “few”: I’ve got store credit cards everywhere from Bloomingdales to Banana Republic, a plain old VISA card, a bank debit card, a Starbucks Reward card, frequent flyer accounts for every airline imaginable from American Eagle to Emirates Dubai, a Walgreens Prescriptions Savings Club card, cell phone bills and cable bills, a mortgage and medical insurance payments. And that’s just a fraction of my financial dealings. Anyone have an Excedrin? My head hurts just thinking about it.

Trust me, you’re going to want more than a number two pencil and a notepad to get a steady grip on your financial life. Fortunately, there are free online utilities out there like and that can provide you an with online system to simplify the process.

  • Mint breaks down your accounts into five general categories: cash, credit cards, loans, investments, and property. The site will allow you to see all these accounts in one place, including your balances and transactions for each account in real time. One of the features that users like best about Mint is that the service allows users to set up financial goals and budgets using helpful graphs and charts, a feature that Manilla does not currently offer. Go Here to sign-up for this free service.
  • Manilla is a free web-based service that helps consumers better manage all of their household accounts, including financial accounts, utilities, subscriptions, and travel rewards programs, in one secure place online. Under 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 consumer. While Manilla doesn’t allow you to track your overall financial picture in the same way that Mint does, it does offer you the ability to track your monthly bills and their payment status in one place. Go Here to sign-up for this free service.

Concerned about security with these services? Don’t be; both services are verified by TRUSTe site validation services and use the same security systems that major financial institutions use.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla.

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