Ending the Mint Experiment
A few minutes ago I canceled my account with Mint. I opened it earlier this year and have tried to appreciate its value. Unfortunately, it’s been more trouble than its worth.
I’m also tired of the endless selling opportunities that Mint pushes in my face.
The final triggering event was this article on Mint’s struggles to transition from a Yodlee platform to Intuit. I’m not crazy about Intuit either, which is why I have also been weaning myself away from Quicken.
Keeping our Mint account alive was doing nothing for us except increasing the risk of a security breach.
So what, you might ask, am I using to track our finances? The answer: a custom-designed spreadsheet in the Google Docs cloud. I can update this tool in less time than it takes me to maintain a Mint account. I have designed the spreadsheet to present information in the ways that I prefer. It is a work in progress so I will continue to fine tune it. Because I use Google Docs, the information is available to me from any Internet-connected computer.
The transaction information I used to import into Quicken is available from the financial institutions for me to review and verify online. Life is more simple this way.
Mint had its chance. Now it’s over.