The 2012 Easter-egg hunts are history, and most of us are now wrapping up the hunt for tax deductions.\n\tYou gathered all your 2011 financial records and diligently dug through them, looking for receipts and records that could soften your tax blow. Now that your tax return is sent off, you could relax until next year. But I have a better idea.\n\tWith all your financial records still close at hand and the numbers fresh in your mind, now is a perfect time to improve your personal-finance record keeping. And the free Mint iPad app (current version: 2.3), coupled with a free Mint account, makes keeping tabs on your personal finance easy and, dare I say, almost fun.\n\tThe iOS Mint app is optimized for iPad displays and iPhone\/iPod screens. The Android version of the app is also designed for both smartphone and tablet displays. I tested Mint on my iPad but also gave it a quick look on my iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note.\n\tSome setup is required to use the Mint app, but it's relatively painless You just go to the Mint website, set up an account and feed it your banking, credit card, property holdings and other financial information. Once you\u2019ve done that, Mint automatically logs into your online accounts, downloads the latest data and provides a snapshot of your money usage, past and present. The more you use the service, the more Mint can help you track spending habits and create budgets.\n\tMint is a pleasure to use on the iPad. You can view pie charts based on spending by category. Touching a color-coded chart sections brings up boxes for categories. Touch a box and you can view spending details for the corresponding category. And a cool slider bar at the bottom of the screen can be dragged to the left to view transactions over a greater period of time.\n\tAt first, I was a bit nervous using Mint on mobile devices for security reasons. But I\u2019m over it. You can set a four-digit passcode to lock open the app. And if you lose your device you can log in to your Mint.com account on a computer and deactivate your account's mobile access. Mint also uses 128-bit SSL encryption, and the company says all data is protected and validated by VeriSign and TRUSTe.\n\tThe Mint app is missing some features of the full website. For example, if one of your financial accounts doesn't update for a while, Mint is most likely having a problem connecting. Currently, to fix that issue, you have to log in to Mint.com.\n\tMint isn\u2019t a replacement for QuickBooks or other business accounting systems. It\u2019s simply meant to make an unpleasant task\u2014personal financial accounting\u2014easier and, on the iPad it succeeds admirably.