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Rudder – A different take

So this is the final post of this rather long series (part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) about free personal finance tools available today.  I had no idea how many personal finance tools were out there before I started putting this series together.  That said, the goal was to find the best tool I could find, so it’s good to have a bunch of options to look at… right?  The final tool of the series might be the youngest tool of all of them, with a completely different spin.

Rudder is an email based personal finance tool.  What this means is that, it is designed to put your personal finances somewhere that you probably visit everyday (or 100 times a day if you are me), your email inbox.  With other tools, it can be very easy to forget to check the website for a few days and next thing you know you have lost track of how much you are spending.  This is where a tool like Rudder could be very helpful for you.

You go through a one time setup on Rudder so that it knows where to get your transactions, etc.  Then it sends you an email everyday with updates regarding your finances.  Although Rudder lacks the analysis tools that Buxfer offers, it does do some calculations to give you an idea of how much money you will have left when all of you upcoming bills are paid.  This might be just the information that you need to stay on top of you finances.  Like I’ve mentioned, this is a very young tool so I expect to see a steady stream of new features.

So there you have it!  In this series I have reviewed Geezeo, Mint, Buxfer, Rudder, Quicken Online, and ClearCheckbook.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, when it comes to picking the tool that you use, make sure it has the features you need.  All of my reviews are from my perspective, so they only cover the features that I am looking for.

I may decide to revisit this series in the future to take a lok at the companies and what kind of progress the tools have made.  We’ll just have to wait and see, but do let me know if you have any interest in seeing that sort of article.

  • alison

    Thanks for your series. I’ve done a similar but less rigorous review on my blog. I like the tool Rudder offers – hopefully some of the others will create something similar to What’s Left.

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