Sometimes the best things in money management are free. With the help of the right finance app, you can turn your smartphone into a personal money assistant.
I took a look at the Google Play rankings to see which budgeting apps top the charts. I excluded apps offered by individual banks.
- Spending Tracker
Spending Tracker gives you control over your spending by allowing you to set budget amounts in order to reach savings targets. It’s a handy tool to manually log expenses and income in order to give you a better idea of how you’re spending, but the app leaves a little to be desired.
Goodbudget uses the classic envelope budgeting system to allocate where you spend your money and keep track of where your money goes. It also generates charts to give you another view of your finances. The intuitive interface allows you to get the most out of the app.
- AndroMoney (Expense Track)
This expense-tracking app has a simple interface and many features to help you get a handle on your money, including: charts for expenses and income, account transfers, a calculator and a summary of your cash flow. You can also sync your app with other devices and store your information in the cloud with Dropbox or Google Docs.
- Level Money
One of the more aesthetically pleasing budgeting apps available, Level Money builds a money plan that automatically adjusts to your income and bills. You can customize the app with personalized notifications and prioritized savings in your monthly budget. You also can sync your financial accounts with the app, letting you see a total view of your finances.
Mint also took the top spot for iOS devices. One of the most comprehensive financial apps available, Mint offers budgeting tools, investment tracking, credit information and more.