We all know that cops are underpaid.  We usually fall in the same category as firefighters and teachers, who deserve to be compensated for the hard work that is put into a daily work day.  Add the risk factors and possibility of being shot at and most citizens would say, “you couldn’t pay me enough.”  Particularly with cutbacks and layoffs, it’s clear that we aren’t paid enough.  But we don’t do it for the money, at least I don’t.  I do it for the love of the job.  Spoken from the heart in “Southland”, it’s a “front row seat to the greatest show on Earth.”

But with the money we earned, it’s hard for gear junkies like me to balance a strict budget.  I can’t afford an accountant and really can’t figure out my taxes or retirement.  This is why I want to introduce my fellow peace keepers to www.Mint.com.  It’s a free personal finance software that is easy to install and operate. If you don’t have a smart phone, it works great online.  If you do have a smart phone, the application is free and worth downloading.  Just search for MINT in the market on your cell phone.

It will automatically link all your accounts, including your retirement accounts, and automatically categorize your spending.  This allows you to see the grand picture.  You can set the parameters for what your goals are and what you want to limit your expenses to.  (I know that I frequent the 7-11 for sunflower seeds far too often, and the spending adds up!)  It will even send you automatic text messages when your budget has been exceeded.

Sign up for free, it can only help you with your budgeting.  I promise you its worthwhile and helpful.  You’ll actually see some money in your pocket with this free assistant.



  1. Mel says:

    With the way things are going I can use all the help I can get to save money.