The end of Money
Yesterday I reviewed my finances and paid bills like I do every Friday, but for the past two weeks I've only had to spend a few minutes doing it, since I've finally decided to break my addiction to Microsoft Money. I've been using Money for longer than I can remember (at least the past ten years or so), and in the beginning it was the only way I could feel organized. It was kind of cool to have a history of so many transactions, so I diligently typed in each and every one. That was before so much of my financial life was online, though! Now all of my accounts are accessible online, and I pay all of my bills online, so I started to feel silly copying transactions from a website into Money all the time! I have nothing against Money (I even bought Windows XP just to run it via Boot Camp on my MacBook), but I just don't need it anymore, especially when there are websites like Mint, which allows me to look at all of my accounts in one place. I'm really addicted to Mint - I like to look at it everyday to know exactly what transactions have cleared and so on, and it's helping me in ways that I never had the patience to setup in Money, since Mint is almost totally automatic! By giving up Microsoft Money and using Mint, I've definitely decluttered the time I spend thinking about my finances. I feel like I have a better picture with a lot less work!