Mint Shutdown: Seamless Migration to YNAB for Personal Finance Management


Looking for an alternative since Mint shutdown effective January 1, 2024? The news has left many users searching for a reliable alternative to continue managing their finances effectively. Fortunately, the transition doesn't have to be stressful, as the popular budgeting app, You Need A Budget (YNAB), steps in to offer a seamless migration of Mint transactions. Plus, YNAB isn't a Mint alternative - it's better!

The End of Mint:

Mint, known for its user-friendly interface and comprehensive financial tracking tools, has been a go-to platform for millions of users over the years. Its demise has left a void in the personal finance management space, leaving users in need of an alternative solution. Whether you've been a long-time Mint user or just recently adopted the platform, the shutdown prompts a search for a new tool that can provide similar features and convenience.

Enter YNAB:

You Need A Budget, commonly known as YNAB, has emerged as an excellent alternative for Mint users looking to migrate their financial data seamlessly. YNAB's commitment to helping users gain control of their money and live stress-free financial lives aligns with the goals of those who previously relied on Mint for budgeting and expense tracking.

Importing Mint Transactions into YNAB:

One of the most significant concerns during a platform transition is the transfer of historical financial data. YNAB recognizes the importance of this information and has made the process of importing Mint transactions straightforward. Here's a step-by-step guide to assist users in migrating their data:

  1. Export Mint Data:
    • Log in to your Mint account and export your transaction history.
    • Choose a suitable file format for exporting, such as CSV or QFX.
  2. Setting Up YNAB:
    • If you don't already have a YNAB account, sign up for one.
    • Install the YNAB app on your preferred device or access it through the web browser.
  3. Importing Transactions:
    • This process is only available in the YNAB web app.
    • In YNAB, navigate to the Migrate From feature.
    • Choose the option to migrate from Mint.
    • Select the file exported from Mint and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. If your file is larger than 20,000 rows you'll see an error. To fix this, we recommend making a copy of the file and deleting anything after 20,000 rows. That way, you have all your historical data, but also have a file the importer will accept. Don't worry—this won't skew the imported numbers. The importer only uses the last 12 months of data to create your averages.
    • Click Next.
    • Watch the video for a tour of YNAB while your data processes.
    • Click Next.
    • Your data is now in YNAB, so click Let's Go! to begin!
    • Now that you've migrated your Mint info into YNAB, you'll follow the continued onscreen instructions, which will guide you step-by-step through the next parts of the set up and customization process in YNAB (described in more detail below). 

Benefits of YNAB:

YNAB offers several advantages that make it a worthy successor to Mint:

  1. Zero-Based Budgeting:
    • YNAB focuses on zero-based budgeting, encouraging users to assign every dollar a job, ensuring intentional and purposeful spending.
  2. Real-time Sync:
    • YNAB offers real-time syncing across multiple devices, allowing users to stay updated on their finances no matter where they are.
  3. Educational Resources:
    • YNAB provides extensive educational resources, including tutorials, webinars, and guides, helping users build a strong financial foundation.


While the shutdown of Mint may have initially caused concern among its user base, the smooth transition to You Need A Budget provides a silver lining. With YNAB's user-friendly interface, powerful budgeting features, and the ability to seamlessly import Mint transactions, users can continue managing their finances with confidence and ease. The change may be a blessing in disguise, encouraging individuals to explore new and improved tools for achieving their financial goals.

Trent Ladle has been budgeting for nearly 40 years and has been using the You Need a Budget (YNAB) software for 10 years, is a YNAB Certified Coach*, and is ready to share his storehouse of experience and training. Trent has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Trent’s love for helping people improve their lives is what drove him to begin offering budget coaching services.
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*I am a YNAB Certified Budgeting Coach, which means that I have been trained to coach people on using YNAB software and the YNAB budgeting method. I have met select requirements of You Need a Budget LLC in order to receive this certification, which means that I have the ability to competently coach YNAB to others. I am not an employee of YNAB, and all non-YNAB related opinions and recommendations are my own. My views do not reflect the views of YNAB and its employees or its affiliates.


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