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SENTINEL TRIBUNE TAXES 8 FINAN =:E Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Page 7 How to manage your money in the new year (BPT) - As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad hab- its and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree bud- geting, it's time to make your personal finances a priority. It may feel like you don't have enough time in your hectic life to sit down and manage your money, but with a few secret weapons you can organize your personal finances like a professional in no time at all, from wherever your busy day may take you. "There's no need to take any finance courses or crunch any serious num- bers - anyone can do it with the right tools. And with the on-the-go lifestyle people live these days, those tools need to be just as mobile as you are. By tracking spending in real time and monitoring your budget and accounts from your mobile device, getting your money in order has never been so simple. With technology tools available and on your side, you will be set up for success. A simple solution If you are new to manag- ing your money or need to dig out of debt, the free money management tool Mint.cam is a great way to start. Mint, available via the web and mobile application, links you to more than 20,000 differ- ent bank, credit card, loan and investment accounts, making it easy to view most financial statements in one place. It allows you to get a better understand- ing of where your money is going. You can also set goals, create budgets and monitor spending no mat- ter where you are. The application also delivers account alerts, bill remind- ers and personalized advice to help you save and stay in control of your money. Making a change You can assess where your money is going and make any necessary adjustments by catego- rizing your finances and spending with a budgeting tool Go a little over board on shopping? Spend one too many nights at res- taurants? 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