And here's the part it seems like everyone has been waiting for. . .the transactions tab! Duhn, duhn, duhn.
If you have mint.com attached to your accounts, it'll pull in all your transactions every time you log in. No effort. Brilliant.
We sit down every Sunday as part of our Family Home Evening and review our transactions for the week, making changes as needed.
For example, you'll see two payments to Parkway Auto, both in the category of "Service and Parts." Except only one of them was an oil change. The other one was a tank of gas. Not "Service and Parts." (I've circled it in red below).
If you click on the transaction, a little gray tab marked "Edit Details" will appear:
Click "Edit Details," and this screen will drop down on top of your transactions.
If you click "Service & Parts" as the category, you'll get a drop-down menu of all the possible categories (and you can also add your own):
Staying in the "Auto and Transport," I selected "Gas and Fuel" instead of "Service and Parts" so that it will now accurately reflect that spending in our gas budget (back in our budget/planning tab).
Now, if we were only ever getting gas at this location, when I make the category change, it will ask me if I want to create a rule that always names transactions from this location as "Gas and Fuel." I've never bought gas at this place and probably won't again, since their gas is a little more pricey, so I didn't click the checkbox (see an example below).
But sometimes, that making a rule is very helpful. For instance, Bart rides the T into work on occasion. Payments to that account show up as "Subway" on our transaction list. Except, mint.com thinks Subway is the sandwich shop and puts it in the food category. Wrong. The first time I changed it, I checked it when it asked me about the rule and now, as you'll see below, it always categorizes "Subway" as "Public Transportation."
Another thing several people asked about was splitting up transactions. That is to say, if you go to the grocery store and most of your purchase goes into the groceries category but you also have $10 worth of school supplies, can you get Mint to reflect that? You betcha.
Open the transaction you want to fix by selecting it and clicking "Edit Details" (just like before) and then click the handy "Split" button:
This screen will pop up.
One other question that got asked. Someone asked if they could hide where money was spent if they were trying to surprise a spouse or something. Absolutely. Just click on your transaction you want to rename, highlight the name of the place you bought whatever it was and type something different in, like "DO NOT LOOK ON PAIN OF DEATH:"
Any other questions? I am happy to bombard you with screen shots!