Mint was one of the first free online budgeting apps when it launched in 2007. I used it when it was first released. Intuit purchased Mint in 2009, and they recently announced they are shutting Mint.com down at the end of the year. Current users are now forced to find a replacement. Here are the 9 best Mint alternatives worth considering.
- Top Mint.com Alternative Picks
- Mint Is Closing
- Best Alternatives to Mint Budget Tracker
- 1. Empower–Best Overall Alternative to Mint.com
- 2. Quicken–Best for those wanting comprehensive budgeting software
- 3. Tiller Money–Best for those who love spreadsheets
- 4. Monarch Money–Best for Couples
- 5. CountAbout–Best for converting data from Mint
- 6. Simplifi–Best budgeting app for smartphones
- 7. You Need a Budget (YNAB)–Best for simple budgeting
- 8. PocketSmith
- 9. Fidelity Full View
- Other Mint Replacement Options
- Why Switch from Mint?
- Mint Alternatives FAQs
Top Mint.com Alternative Picks
Of all the options out there to replace Mint, three stand out among the rest:
1. Empower–I've used the Empower Personal Dashboard for years. Formerly called Personal Capital, it offers the most robust budgeting, cash flow, investment tracking, and financial tools of any app out there. It also includes excellent iOS and Android apps. In fact, I use it more on my iPad than I do on the website. It has over 3.3 million users, and it's free.
2. Tiller–For those focused on budgeting (but not investing), Tiller is my favorite budgeting app and one I use in addition to Empower. It connects your financial accounts (banks, credit cards, and even investments) with Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. It offers a wealth of tools to analyze everything from your monthly budget to even business expenses. You can try it free for 30 days, then it's $79 a year.
3. Monarch Money–This is an excellent alternative if you manage money as a couple or don't like spreadsheets. It offers a mobile app and the ability to connect all of your accounts in one place. I've personally tested Monarch and found it very easy to use.
Mint Is Closing
The Mint Budget App is in the processing of closing and moving to Credit Karma. Mint is describing this as linking your Mint and Credit Karma accounts. Yet they make it clear that Mint's features are moving to Credit Karma. And this Reddit thread says that Mint is “dead.”
Thus, now it's more important than ever to consider alternatives to Mint.
Best Alternatives to Mint Budget Tracker
1. Empower–Best Overall Alternative to Mint.com
I've used Empower for more than a decade, and it can easily replace Mint. Like Mint it's free, and it offers far more tools to keep track of your finances and analyze your investments. You can link just about any financial account to Empower's app. Once linked, the dashboard gives you a complete snapshot of your money.
Beyond a high-level view, Empower offers a number of useful features:
- Track spending by category or account
- Plan your retirement with the Retirement Planner
- Understand how investment fees erode your wealth
- Monitor your portfolio's asset allocation
- Track your net worth
- Get alerts when bills are due
- Save for emergencies
- New: Track Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and thousands of other tokens without giving access to your crypto wallet
Empower also offers an app for tablets and smartphones. I use it on both an iPad and iPhone. The user interface is exceptional and the app is easy to use. This makes Empower an excellent alternative to the Mint app.
I’ve written a detailed review and guide of Empower that you can check out.
2. Quicken–Best for those wanting comprehensive budgeting software
I began using Quicken back in the 1990s. It's changed a lot over the years. Today, it is a subscription-based financial planning software package. It can run on both PCs and Macs, although there are some differences between the two versions. Quicken Online is no longer available.
Quicken is best known as a budgeting app. It comes with just about every budgeting feature imaginable, including categorizing expenses, setting goals, paying bills, and running reports. I will say that the look and feel of the PC version is a bit dated.
With Quicken you can also track your investments. The software enables you to link all your banking and investment accounts. It provides some insight into your investments, including asset allocation.
3. Tiller Money–Best for those who love spreadsheets
For those focused primarily on budgeting, Tiller Money is the best Mint alternative on our list for those who enjoy working with spreadsheets. Along with Empower, I use Tiller every single day. There is, however, a bit of a learning curve. But once you understand how it works, it's a breeze to use.
In short, Tiller enables you to connect your bank accounts, credit cards, and even investment accounts to a Google Sheet or Excel. I use the Google Sheet version. It then gives you templates and tools to do everything from creating a budget to tracking your spending to save for retirement.
The more I use Tiller the more I appreciate the simplicity and ease of use. If you like spreadsheets, you'll like Tiller. To get an idea of how it works, check out this video I created.
Some of Tiller's features include:
- Track all your accounts in one place
- Make a budget, track spending
- Track your net worth with flexible, automated dashboards
- Create your own category rules so every expense is automatically categorized accurately
- Use flexible templates for budgeting and retirement planning
- Works with 2FA (2-Factor Authentication)
The one potential drawback of Tiller is using it on a smartphone. Google Sheets does have an app for both tablets and smartphones. I've used Tiller and Google Sheets on my iPad, and it works well. On a smartphone, however, it's very difficult to navigate.
You get a 30-day free trial. After that Tiller costs $79 a year.
4. Monarch Money–Best for Couples
While we don't track our finances with Monarch, I've used it for more than a year on a test basis. It's an excellent alternative to Mint for several reasons.
First, its user interface is beautiful and informative. The dashboard gives you quick access to your most important budget details. These details include recent transactions, a comparison of income and expenses for the current month, and your net worth. If you track goals, such as saving for emergencies, the dashboard shows your progress.
Linking bank accounts and credit cards is easy. Once linked, Monarch pulls your transaction and balance data into the app. From here it's easy to create budgets and goals. You can also track your recurring expenses, ideal for keeping an eye on subscriptions and to avoid any surprises.
Monarch also offers a tablet and smartphone app. I've used it on both my iPad and iPhone and found it to be very easy to use.
You can try Monarch Money for free for seven days. After that, the cost is as low as $8.33 per month.
5. CountAbout–Best for converting data from Mint
If you have a lot of data in Mint, CountAbout may be the budgeting tool for you. It has a feature enabling you to import data from Mint. In fact, you can import your entire Mint history into CountAbout.
Unlike Mint, CountAbout doesn't pummel you with advertisements. It does enable you to download transactions from your bank and customize both income and expense categories. You can save receipt images and attach them to the appropriate expense if record keeping is important.
Key features of CountAbout include:
- Import from Quicken or Mint.com
- Automate Transaction Downloads
- Fully customizable income and spending categories and tags
- Invoicing for small businesses
- Attachment capability for receipts and images
- Recurring transactions
- Graphical and text-based “widgets” provide quick view of financial activity
- Easy to use on web and iOS/Android apps
For the features you get, the cost is very reasonable. The basic plan costs just $9.99 a year (not a month). If you want automatic downloading of bank transactions, the cost is $39.99 a year.
6. Simplifi–Best budgeting app for smartphones
Simplifi is Quicken's version of a mobile budgeting app. It's not a mobile app for Quicken. It's a new app built from the ground up. It uses automation to help you better manage your money.
For example, Simplifi can create a spending plan for you by analyzing your income and expenses. You can identify recurring expenses and subscriptions, which Simplifi then incorporates into the plan. It also includes a calendar view showing you upcoming expenses.
Key features of Simplifi include:
- See your banking, credit card, loans and investments all in one place
- Have your transactions automatically categorized
- Find and track recurring bills and subscriptions so you can cancel what you no longer use
- View upcoming bills, income, transfers, and see how they affect your balances
- Set up custom watchlists and limits by category, payee, or tags to help stay on track
- Set up savings goals for every milestone you are trying to reach
- Track refunds on returned items
Update: While Simplifi offered a free trial at one point, it no longer does. On the plus side, they are offering 50% off, bringing the price down to $2.00 a month when paid annually.
7. You Need a Budget (YNAB)–Best for simple budgeting
YNAB is ideal for those looking just for a simple budgeting tool. YNAB’s interface is similar to a spreadsheet. The tool makes it easy to budget by category based on the money you actually have in the bank. It's not useful as an investment tracking app, however.
YNAB's key features include:
- Access to real-time information, from any device, anytime
- Track goals
- Excellent charts and graphs
It’s not free, however. You can try it free for 34 days. After that it costs $14.99 a month or $99 a year for the annual plan. The cost is the biggest downside to YNAB.
PocketSmith started out as a calendar to plan upcoming income and expenses. Today, it’s a full-fledged budgeting app. You can sync your accounts with PocketSmith. Once synced, you can track your budget and you’re net worth. You can also see your income and spending in a handy calendar view.
Key features of PocketSmith include:
- Manage multiple income streams
- Forecast your cashflow, including tools to help you reach FIRE (financial independence, retire early)
- Track Airbnb earnings
- Create and track savings goals
- Integrates with Xero
9. Fidelity Full View
Fidelity's Full View is powered by eMoneyAdvisor, a tool used by financial planners. While Fidelity's Full View doesn't come with all of eMoneyAdvisor's features, it's still a robust tool, free, and available even if you don't have an account at Fidelity.
Fidelity Full View includes the following features:
- Consolidate accounts in one place
- Track your net worth over time
- Create and manage a budget
- View transactions
- Integrates with Fidelity's planning tools
Other Mint Replacement Options
I'm regularly evaluating new financial tools. As I do, I'll add them to this list to help those looking to leave Mint. Here are some of the options I'm evaluating:
- Every Dollar: The Dave Ramsey budgeting solution. While Dave is popular with those paying off debt, this solution is one of the most expensive and it doesn't have nearly the features that a tool like Empower offers.
- Banktivity: One of the few budgeting apps designed for the Mac, Banktivity is another option. One question to consider though is whether iOS-specific software is necessary today. Everything is online or in an app.
- Unifimoney: This app is designed for high-earning professionals. It combines money management tools with saving, spending, and investing services.
Why Switch from Mint?
Mint continues to offer a free, solid budgeting app. There are, however, several reasons to consider an alternative.
The first is its limited investing tools. While you can track your investments in Mint, many of the options here offer far better investing tools. Empower, for example, shows a portfolio's asset allocation, investment fees, and retirement readiness.
Second, Mint uses an advertising revenue model. The result is a user experience plastered with ads.
My first step in evaluating Mint alternatives was to use dozens of budgeting and investment tracking apps. I've used each of the tools in our list extensively, with the exception of Pocketsmith and CountAbout (I'm working on those two now). I've also undertaken in-depth research into these and more than 25 other options.
In evaluating these apps, I focused on the following key criteria:
- Ease of use
- Mobile app availability
- Ability to consolidate all accounts in one place
- Budgeting tools
- Investment tracking tools
Mint Alternatives FAQs
What is the best free alternative to Mint?
Empower is the best free Mint replacement. It comes with nearly every feature Mint offers, and many additional tools. It’s particularly well suited for those who want to manage all of their money in one place, including investments.
What is the best option to migrate Mint data to the new app?
If you want to migrate Mint data to a new budgeting app, CountAbout is a solid option. It has features enabling users to migrate data from Mint.
What is the best Mint replacement for calendar budgeting?
PocketSmith is a good choice as it offers a calendar view of your budget.
Which Mint alternatives allow you to schedule bill payments?
With both Tiller Money and YNAB, you can plan future bill payments. Tiller offers a Bill Payment Tracker template and YNAB enables you to allocate funds to bills you plan to pay in the future.
Should I switch from Mint.com?
Mint continues to offer a solid budgeting and investment tracking app. Some, however, have complained about issues connecting Mint to banks and other financial institutions. It also uses an advertising revenue model, so users are inundated with ads.
Whatever tool you choose, the key is to pick one that works for you. For me, that’s Empower. One or more of the above Mint alternatives, however, should suit the needs of most looking to better manage their money.