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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007

New online money management tools


People are always looking for good web-based budget tools so they can get control of their spending. Clark hears people telling him that their money disappears as they move up the pay scale. It doesn't matter whether they make $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000 a year! Where does the money go and how can you easily keep track of it? There are a number of websites that can assist you in this task. Clark has been talking about Wesabe.com for a couple of weeks.

(Editor's note: As of July 31, 2010, Wesabe no longer offers free budgeting tools because of lack of investors.)

Now Mint.com is a new one he recently discovered. You register anonymously and give Mint access to monitor all of your accounts. They use artificial intelligence software to analyze where your money goes on a daily basis. Sometimes people aren't really ready to face up to where their money is going. That's a personal choice. Clark just wants to give you the tools you need to take control of your finances. Other options include Yodlee.com and ClearCheckbook.com. All these sites say they're safe for you to use. Are they really? Clark's willing to take the chance because a greater risk is posed by uncontrolled spending.