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Say Goodbye to Mint: Here Are Some Budgeting App Alternatives

The end of Mint, the popular budgeting app, has led its millions of users to look at other options. This is a good time for everyone to explore a money management tool.

Many people do not use these tools, which can assist with tasks such as tracking debt and calculating net worth. According to a recent survey by Javelin Strategy & Research, 41 percent of people do not use any money management app aside from their bank’s.

However, many users of budgeting apps were dedicated fans of Mint. When it first appeared in 2007, it was groundbreaking, automatically organizing debit and credit card transactions by category.

Intuit, which acquired the company two years later, is shutting down Mint and encouraging users to transition to its Credit Karma offering. Credit Karma is known for its free credit scores and does not include some of the budgeting tools that attracted Mint users.

Dylan Lerner, a senior analyst at Javelin, had a couple of suggestions for people looking for a Mint alternative and those trying money apps for the first time. First, see what your bank offers. After years of hostility toward outside-company access to their customers’ data, banks have realized that if they don’t offer decent tools, more and more of their account holders will seek them elsewhere.

Then, rigorously test drive anything new, since it doesn’t cost much, if anything, to try these tools. “Every user is a little different,” Mr. Lerner said. “It’s very personal, given that it is personal financial management.”

This week, I gave several Mint competitors that I’ve tracked for years an opportunity to introduce themselves to users looking for a new home. Here’s what their representatives said.

Website: copilot.money

Price: $13 per month or $95 annually.

How it makes money: Subscription fee.

Feature you’re most proud of: “Copilot Intelligence,” which aids the app in utilizing artificial intelligence to learn how users want to categorize transactions.

Say something nice about a competitor: Lunch Money, a great budgeting app designed and built by just one person, offers multicurrency support among other things we don’t yet do.”

What you want to improve: Web and Android availability.

Offering for Mint customers: Two-month free subscription (the code is RIPMINT). The company is working on a data-importing tool.

Website: monarchmoney.com

Price: $14.99 per month or $99.99 annually.

How it makes money: Subscription fee.

Feature you’re most proud of: Using multiple so-called aggregators, third parties that make it easier for customers to integrate all their outside accounts and keep them updating. (Integration and update fails are not uncommon among such apps.)

Say something nice about a competitor: “Mint has a cool feature that notifies customers when a bill is due. People seem to really love and rely on it!”

What you want to improve: The ability to track due dates.

Offering for Mint customers: Free trial, discounted annual subscription, data importer, explainer from a co-founder (a former Mint product manager).

Website: pocketguard.com

Price: A premium version for $7.99 per month, $34.99 annually or $79.99 for a lifetime subscription.

How it makes money: Subscription fee and fees from third-party services like Billshark.

Feature you’re most proud of: “In My Pocket,” a “safe-to-spend figure” after covering all necessities and other expenses.

Say something nice about a competitor: “Monarch provides detailed customization to all aspects of budgeting, from transactions and categories to planning and forecasting.”

What you want to improve: Doing more research on user experience.

Offering for Mint customers: The company is developing data-transfer tools for Mint users. And the $34.99 annual fee is lower than it used to be for all users.

Website: quicken.com/simplifi

Price: $3.99 per month.

How it makes money: Subscription fee.

Feature you’re most proud of: Personalized spending plans and watch lists for potential trouble spots.

Say something nice about a competitor: “We’ve learned from Mint and Intuit and have created a solution that brings together the best of both worlds.”

What you want to improve: Expanding the network of financial institutions from which people can download data beyond the existing 14,000.

Offering for Mint customers: Three months free, and the company has posted a guide to importing Mint data.

Website: rocketmoney.com

Price: A premium version on a sliding scale for $4 to $5 per month (but only if you pay for a year in advance at $48 to $60), or $6 to $12 if you pay each month.

How it makes money: Subscription fee, success fees from bill-negotiation service, credit card fees, referral fees from third parties like auto insurers.

Feature you’re most proud of: The subscription management feature that prompts people to cancel services they may no longer need, which has been used over a million times.

Say something nice about a competitor: “For couples looking to combine finances, Honeydue’s platform is user-friendly and can help take the stress out of merging finances.”

What you want to improve: Using artificial intelligence to make the service more personal.

Offering for Mint customers: A free trial period, and free data-transfer tools are coming soon. The company has posted a Mint vs. Rocket Money comparison chart.

Website: tillerhq.com

Price: $79 annually.

How it makes money: Subscription fee.

Feature you’re most proud of: Transaction tracking in customers’ own spreadsheets, which creates fewer worries about security or control of the data.

What you want to improve: Adding more features to the personalized daily email summary.

Offering for Mint customers: A Tiller-vs.-Mint comparison chart, tips for switching and an F.A.Q.

Website: ynab.com

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