Manilla to Close–Here are 5 Alternatives

Manilla recently announced that they will be closing effective July 1, 2014. It’s unfortunate as Manilla provided a free and very unique service. In addition to tracking your bills, Manilla could also keep track of your explanation of benefit forms for several major health insurance companies.

The notice really took me by surprise. I had just interviewed Manilla’s CEO for the Dough Roller podcast about a week earlier. Here’s the text of the email:

We are announcing today that Manilla will be closing on July 1, 2014. This was a hard decision given that, over the past three years, Manilla has won many awards and has been well supported by its valued user base. However, we were unable to achieve the scale necessary to make the economics of the business viable.

If you have a Manilla account, you’ll want to download any documents on Manilla that you’ll need. Existing users will have access to their accounts until June 30, 2014.

Alternatives to Manilla

There are a few Manilla alternatives to consider. Here are my top 5:

Finovera: Perhaps the closest alternative is Finovera. This service is free and enables you to aggregate all of your bills in one place. Like Manilla you’ll receive alerts when your bills are due. They also offer a digital filing cabinet.

Finovera

Mobilligy: This smartphone and tablet app connects to all of your monthly bills. It keeps track of the due dates and amounts, and then notifies you when they are due. You can also pay your bills directly from the app.

Check: Another free mobile app alternative that appears to do the same thing as Mobilligy. You can aggregate all of your bills in one place, receive alerts when they are due, and pay them directly from your smartphone or tablet.

Mint: I’ve reviewed Mint before. It’s best known as a free online budgeting tool, although it also enables you to track all of your monthly bills.

doxo: According to the website, you can “connect to providers on doxo to receive your bills and statements directly to your doxo account.” It also enables you to backup all of your monthly statements.

Bonus: MoneyStream–According to the website, “Not just an organizer or bill-payer, MoneyStream brings everything together in one secure place—and then shows you a future view of your money so you can see at a glance where you stand and where you’re going.” I emailed them about an iPhone app, and they quickly responded (I love that) saying they were working on it. They expect to launch it in a few weeks.

Published or Updated: May 25, 2014
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. Hi Rob, don’t forget MoneyStream (www.moneystream.com). We’re a more complete solution than most of the alternatives and we’re also free. In addition we’ve built a Manilla import tool so that users can easily transfer all their saved accounts and documents from their Manilla account to MoneyStream. You might want to add us to your list

    • Rob Berger says:

      Gillian, thanks for letting us know about Money Stream!

    • Deb says:

      Does MoneyStream have an app?? For the iPhone?

      • Gillian says:

        Hi Rob and Deb, just wanted to let you know our iPhone app is now available in the app store, and our Android app will be out soon too!

  2. Richard Fox says:

    Hi Bob, I would also like to inform your readers about FamilyWealthMap.com. It is not a free service, but rather, a sophisticated tool for families of means and their trusted advisors. Because it is a user-pay model, user information is entirely encrypted, private and secure, and is never sold to advertisers or used by anyone other than the client and those they trust and authorize. Thank you for providing this information about alternatives to your readers.

  3. Eakins Oxley says:

    This is truly sad. Manilla has made a huge difference in my life. I haven’t worried about bank balances or bills in years. I have accounts on there that I would never monitor on my own and am fearful I’ll forget without it. I’m so sad to see it go.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Me, too. Very sad to see it go.

  4. Darwin Tellinghuisen says:
  5. Iris Eastburn says:

    I looked at Finovera but I think I will go with Yodlee.
    None are as user friendly as Mannilla:(
    I wish they would make it a fee system to use.
    I can’t seem to find anything that tracks as much as Manilla did – like air miles and accounts.

  6. Sam says:

    Rob and Gillian,

    Thank you for the MoneyStream heads-up. I had been dreading swapping all of my accounts to a new service and in less than 5 minutes all of my Manilla accounts are now auto-transferred and synched to MoneyStream. SUPER EASY!!!

  7. Juan says:

    I have been looking around since the announcement that Manilla was shutting down. There is not a single app that even compares with Manilla. The number of accounts they support and the design of their use interfaces (both Web and phone apps) are unmatched by any of the others.

  8. Lori says:

    I too was not happy to hear about Manilla shutting down. I just read about MoneyStream and in less than five minutes I had all my information transferred and was up and running.

  9. Adrienne says:

    I switched to money stream but I need an app! I downloaded a few other but would be willing to stay with money stream if they had iPhone app.

  10. Vikki says:

    I, too, switched to MoneyStream. It was so simple … imported all my Manilla info. But that was the easy part.

    Following that, MoneyStream would not keep my accounts updated. And I didn’t know, unless i took a further dive into other pages. Those kinds of things should be on the front page, the dashboard. Because that’s the first page I look at, and if all is ok (it says that there are no alerts to attend to), I just go about my business. It wasn’t until I noticed that my bank balance wasn’t changing that I thought to even look on a different page.

    I utilized the help desk, which kind of reminded me of someone answering their phone at home. She talked to her tech person “down the hall”, and between them they got my accounts linked to my bank, and updated.

    Now, I find – a week later – that my accounts are no longer linked. And I’m not going through that again. I’m going to try something different.

    Also, even though the program says your billers are “connected”, they are not actually pulling the amount you owe from the site. I guess I just miss Manilla *sigh*

    Off to explore the alternatives …

  11. Shawn Goodin says:

    I would have been happy to pay $5 a month to keep Manilla. So sorry to see them go.

  12. Patricia says:

    I also opted for Moneystream because of the easy transfer but now cannot figure it out at all. List view shows account balances correctly, the upcoming bills shows old balances. I can’t figure how to link into each account and it won’t let me link my credit union as an income source so it looks like I have no income and all payments.

    Wondering what to try next? Manilla seemed simple or I just got used to it. Moneystream is a thumbs down for me so far.

  13. Meshell says:

    I have looked/signed up for everyone plus a few others listed above,NONE of them come close to what Manilla was!!! Most wont link to accounts with MFA so your out of luck trying to pay your bills from those sites, others don’t have half of my accounts Its been 8 days of hell for me. I have had two late bills already and im sure more to come……….. However Mobilligy has to be closest one to Manilla.. So app wise that is my recommendation …for online still looking and hoping someone will purchase Manilla rights soon

  14. Gerard says:

    Decided to give Moneystream.com a try. First “biller” I added was my Chase account, with several checking accounts and several credit cards. It tells me that I have a total bill due at July 28th, but doesn’t realize that my current balance is much lower. Why is it so hard to pull the current balance and not fill in the blank from the last statement??? Manilla did it, why can’t everyone else??

  15. John says:

    Hi Rob,

    We also have an iPhone app called foreceipt to track all your daily expenses, receipts and bills directly on Google Drive. You will get reminded when bills or credit card payment are due. Even you could set your budget so that you know how much you could spend and where all the money goes. Please have a look at our website http://www.foreceipt.com

    Best Regards,
    John

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