While many people use their mobile devices to play games, obsessively monitor social media feeds and even make the occasional phone call, savvy consumers have learned to harness the power of personal finance applications for smartphones. These mobile money-tracking tools help users track spending, set savings goals and even send alerts when bills are due. Here’s our picks for the top 5 personal finance mobile apps:
With over 8 million users, this free app from Intuit (best known for developing Quickbooks) has been awarded “Best Personal Finance Tool” by LIfehacker and “Best in iPad Finance” by App Store Rewind. With Mint, transactions are auto-categorized and information is displayed on graphs and charts, making it easy for users to both track goals and get a quick snapshot of their finances directly on their mobile device.
The best part? Mint is free and available for both iPhone/iPad and Android.
EasyMoney is a personal expense tracker and budgeting tool all into one tidy package, allowing users to set bill notifications, analyze spending using graphs and split transactions between multiple categories.
Users can test drive EasyMoney for 30 days; the full Android-only version costs $9.95.
Adaptu Wallet [http://welcome.adaptu.com/adaptu-to-go.html]
Adaptu Wallet is the self-proclaimed “wallet of the future” this app allows users to take photos of their bulky rewards and membership cards, flashing the digital versions instead of toting around a wad of plastic. Other features include automatic updates and seamless integration with the Adaptu.com for viewing personal finances with a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.
Available for both iOS and Android, free.
Pageonce offers similar features to EasyMoney, providing users with push notifications for bill payments and spending. Also available is a web-based interface where users can view their personal financial info on full-color graphs and charts.
Compatible with iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, $0.
This subscription-based mobile app is targeted towards business users, however, many contractors and home-based business owners use features like the receipt reader, GPS-based mileage tracker and instant sync with Quickbooks.
Available for iOS, Android and Blackberry, the basic version is free, with upgraded versions ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 on a monthly subscription basis.
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