Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Financial Tools, Bill Pay, Touch and Pay, Budget, and Tracking


I wanted to tell you more about Paytrust, this great service I use that lets me receive, review, and pay 100% of my bills online from anywhere – at home, at work or on the road. Here's how it works:

With Paytrust, I get much more than if I'd signed up with one of those bill pay-only services you get from your bank. All of my bills arrive online so I don't have to worry about collecting my paper bills on the kitchen table, remembering to schedule the time to go online and pay them, and stuffing them in a shoebox for future reference.

Instead of waiting by my mailbox for a bill to arrive, I get an email from Paytrust. Then I sign in to my secure Bill Center, review actual images of my bill, and with a click tell Paytrust how much to pay and when to pay it. The bill is paid directly from any of my checking accounts.

That's it. It's as easy as using email! No more paper clutter. No more stamps to buy. No more checks to write. Managing my bills each month is so much faster and easier with Paytrust.

What's more, the Paytrust Bill Center stores my complete bill-paying history, and integrates with Quicken(R), Microsoft(R) Money and Excel. There's even a feature called SmartBalance(TM) that can automatically balance your checkbook online.

Check out their site. Try it out – you can cancel at any time, but I'm sure you'll end up enjoying it as much as I do.

If you have any questions, e-Mail [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-PAYTRUST (1-800-729-8787).

Mint connects to thousands of checking, savings, credit card, investment, loan, and retirement accounts. Access all your balances and transactions together, on the web or your iPhone.

Your financial life, in one place and easy to understand. Mint gathers all your financial information into one place, giving you the whole picture in a way that’s easy to understand and take advantage of. Add the accounts, cards and bills you’d like. See what you have and what you owe. Track your spending patterns, investments and more.

Triple layer security, three times the protection. Mint has millions of users that trust it with the security of their information. That’s because we use the same 128-bit SSL encryption and physical security standards as your bank. We’re also verified and monitored by third party experts such as TRUSTe, VeriSign and other stalwarts of online security.

Extra security for mobile Mint safeguards your mobile device with your own 4-digit PIN so only you can view your account. If your mobile device is ever lost or stolen, you can delete all your account information remotely.Protection 24/7 Mint doesn't just monitor your data on our own systems. If they see any large or unusual spending on one of your accounts they'll let you know right away.

The new Google Wallet

Send money to anyone in the US using an email address or phone number. It's fast, easy, and free to send directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance. When you receive money, you can quickly cash out to your bank account using your debit card, or spend it instantly with the Google Wallet Card.

Stay on top of your spending by adding a set amount to your Wallet Balance, or set up a recurring transfer from your bank account. Then easily keep track of all your transactions in the app or

The Google Wallet Card lets you instantly spend money you receive through Google Wallet. You can use it to pay at millions of locations in the US, wherever Debit MasterCard® is accepted, or use it to withdraw cash from ATMs. Frequently Asked Questions

Android Pay

Shop how you want – Choose your device, add your credit or debit cards, and you’re all set. Wherever you are — at a store or in an app — you’re ready to use Android Pay. 

In Stores – Forget fumbling through your wallet and handing over a card next time you’re in a store. With Android Pay you can simply unlock your phone, place it near a contactless terminal, and you’re good to go. You don’t even need to open an app. Tap and pay is that fast, that easy. And when you tap at select merchants, your loyalty points and offers are automatically applied at checkout too.

Her are just two of many online portfolio management tools:

Android Apps

Google Finance – Android Pay – Google Wallet – Yahoo Finance – Mint: Personal Finance & Money – 

Google Docs Templates for Budgets and more:

  1. My Finances Template
  2. Family Monthly Budget
  3. Household Budget Worksheet
  4. Monthly Budget Planner
  5. Money Gazette Budget Template
  6. Fuel Consumption calculator


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