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BillGuard is an app that helps you monitor your financial transactions. By that, I don’t mean it’s a budgeting program. It’s a program that automatically keeps track of every transaction you make, to help you stay on top of fraudulent charges.
For someone with only one or two credit cards, this may not be a big deal, but for most of us with 10, 15, 20+ cards, this is huge! Instead of logging into your accounts every day, you can simply check your BillGuard account and be on your way. It’s definitely a time saver.
Sounds great right? Hit the break to learn more.
To be honest, the web app is pretty new to me. I only found out about it while I was researching this post, but it quickly became an addition to my bookmark bar. It can show you all your transactions by account, how much you’ve spent in a certain time frame, and a lot of other analytics. It’s pretty sweet.
You can find the online sign-up page here.
The mobile app made me fall in love with BillGuard. It offers you fraud protection, coupons, analytics, and the ability to look at transactions made on all of your accounts with a glance.
The fraud protection BillGuard offers is not a reimbursement, because your debit and credit cards already do that. Instead, they notify you any time your cards are charged away from your phone. Online purchases don’t trigger alerts, but if you have your spouse’s accounts linked to your BillGuard login, then you will receive alerts when they make purchases without your present. This is a very unique feature I never knew I wanted until I tried it out. You can view all the FAQs here.
In addition to location-based fraud protection, you can also look up questionable charges and report unauthorized ones. BillGuard will even contact the credit card companies for you in the event of fraud.
I have yet to use the coupon feature of BillGuard, because it never populates with coupons. I’m not sure if this is a glitch or the if feature is still in beta. Either way, it sounds like a good idea.
The analytics shown on the mobile app aren’t near as in-depth as the ones shown online, but it gives you a general picture of your daily and monthly spending. It’s pretty neat to see how each month compares.
You can find the app download links here.
BillGuard similar to Mint in the sense that they can both monitor your accounts, but the difference is in the features and ads. Mint is a catch-all that’s set up to do a number of things like budgeting, transaction monitoring, credit card pimping, and other quite unnecessary things. BillGuard on the other hand does on thing very well – It monitors your accounts for fraud.
If your interested in checking out BillGuard, you can find information and sign-up links at billguard.com.