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Mint.com Is Offering a $5,000 Reward To Pay Your Holiday Bills

By Erik Folgate

Over the weekend, I was contacted by an employee at Mint.com to introduce their website to me, and let me know about a contest they are going to be running for the next two weeks. The contest is call the “Holiday Spending Hangover” contest, and Mint.com wants to help you pay off your holiday debts! All you have to do is submit your horror story about spending over the holidays, whether it be a written story or video, they will rate the best or “worst” story and give the winner $5,000 to pay off their bills. It sounds like a pretty cool little promotion. Here’s the full blurb:

Mint’s Holiday Spending Hangover Contest

Mint wants to pay off your holiday bills! Tell Mint your “holiday debt-ache” story in video or written words and we’ll pay up to $5,000 of your holiday debt! Play up the drama, originality, and humor because viewers/readers determine if you qualify to win. Get friends and family to rate your video/story to increase your chances of winning. Stay tuned at www.mint.com for more information.

The contest opens January 31, 2008 and ends March 31, 2008. Two grand prize winners will be awarded on April 15, 2008–one for the best video and one for the best story. The contest is open to persons 18 years and older in all 50 United States. You do not need to be a Mint customer to enter the contest. Multiple entries are welcome, as long as the entrant uses unique email addresses for each entry. Please read all rules and regulations before entering. Visit www.mint.com for the official rules and regulations.

Either this week or the next, I will also be doing an extensive review of Mint.com and their personal finance web application. I signed up for the application yesterday, and I’ll tell you right now, that I am very impressed. There are quite a few website out there similar to this one, but I think Mint.com got it right. I signed up for Wesabe a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t even get my account synchronized with the site. The process was incredibly complicated, but mint.come just asks you for your passwords, and you’re good to go. I know what you’re thinking, I don’t want to be giving out my passwords to ANY third-part company or application that you can access from the web. Well, security will be part of my review, and you’ll see that it’s different then what you are thinking. If you get the chance, go sign up for the free account and check out the features. I’ll also be doing some guest posting on their blog from time to time.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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