I never cease to be amazed at what smart phones can do. I have one app that allows me to create a grocery list simply by scanning the bar codes on products I typically buy. There is another app where I can scan a product and see if it’s available at a better price at a different store.
Money management apps
There are now also available smart phone apps that can make it much easier for you to manage your money. I found an article recently on personal money management apps that you might find very useful.
Pageonce Money & Bills
The first of these is Pageonce Money & Bills. It’s designed to help you keep track of your money and bills all in one place. You can use it to see your credit card bills and bank statements and track your investment portfolio. It will deliver real-time alerts whenever you have a bill that’s due. You can even use this app to monitor your frequent flyer miles and rewards and your cell phone use, including text and data.
Mint.com Personal Finance
Mint.com is probably the most popular money management website available with about half a million users. This app, which is free and can be used on both iPhones and Android phones, can help you keep track of your money no matter where you are. It will put together a budget based on how much you have already spent. You can use it to set bill payment reminders and avoid penalties and late fees. Its version for the iPad will show you all the data for your checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and investments, and displays a graph that shows how much you’re spending – even when you don’t have a wi-fi connection.
This app can keep track of all your money and not just what you have in your pocket. It’s a very complete app for personal finance management. Once you enter your expenses and income–whether these are for checking or savings accounts or credit cards–this app will keep track of all of them. It allows you to view your balances and comes with password protection. PocketMoney costs $4.99 for the iPhone/iPad and Android phones but has a free lite version available for Android-based phones that has ads and limits you to just two accounts.
If you’ve ever been charged a late fee because you failed to pay a bill on time, you’re going to really like this app. It does only one thing–which is keep track of your bills–but it does it very well. It helps you avoid penalty fees by letting you enter how much you owe and then set a reminder so that you pay your bills on time. You can even use it to request a confirmation number after your payments have been processed. There is a free version of this app but it does not allow you to pay recurring bills. The full-fledged version, which does, costs $0.99 for the iPhone.
There’s no app for problems with debt
The four apps described above can do a great job of helping you manage your finances whether you’re at home or on the go. However, none of them can help you dig out from under a big pile of debt. For this, you need the help of our debt counselors. They will contact your credit card providers and negotiate settlements that can save you thousands of dollars and get you completely out of debt in 24 to 48 months.
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