Okay, you've run out of excuses. Your spending is out of control and you hear there may be a market correction heading our way. Perhaps you haven't been the person responsible for finances in the past, but particularly for women, now is the time to start and educate yourself completely. Read on! We've done some research for you, and once you get started you'll find it empowering (and maybe even a little fun!)
If you're not one to budget because you don't know how or where to start, there are a number of great resources on the internet that can help you--and most of them offer a free 30-day trial. Take inventory of the options and do a serious comparison of the tools that each provides before making a commitment. If you don't like one, try another.
There are a myriad of products and resources to choose from, including online checking, financial universities, and support groups for networking. Here are a few that we've found especially helpful.
Most of you have heard of Quicken by Intuit, a long standing favorite, and they've just launched Quicken Online, which allows you to log on from a computer or phone to access your accounts. Alerts are even provided when payments are due.
Mvelopes.com offers a free 30-day trial and great personal finance resources to ensure your financial fitness, as does Mint.com.
Looking for camaraderie and support? Then either wesabe.com or geezeo.com will fulfill your needs. They both offer networking with other members, and resources to help you make educated financial decisions.
Just be certain to check on security and confirm that your computer has the necessary protection. As with any financial service, it's important to check in frequently to be sure your confidentiality hasn't been compromised.
Please send me a comment with feedback on any of the programs you're tried!