As the saying goes, look after the pennies, and the dollars will look after themselves. Managing one’s expenses is a (sad) necessity: no one likes the prospect of accumulating debt or getting a poor credit score, but this prospect doesn’t seem unlikely if your financial discipline leaves much to be desired.
Balancing a budget is a tiresome – and boring – task, but there are means to simplify tracking your expenses and avoid trouble. The software industry offers various desktop and mobile solutions that make managing your finances a no-brainer, and many smartphone users may consider using a state of the art app.
Track and Save: There’s an Expenses App for This!
The benefits of a mobile solution are obvious: it allows saving all the necessary data on the go, so not a single penny will sneak under the radar. Forget about the paper receipts that pile up or, worse, get lost: you can easily access your data anytime and anywhere. All that you need is your smartphone.
The functionality of a good app is not limited to tracking your spending. It also enables you to set financial goals and break your expenses into categories so that you can see what budget items may be cut. The visual representation works miracles – eye-opening discoveries guaranteed!
Fun fact: using an expenses app is known to help people drop bad habits such as smoking or excessive drinking. Seeing how much money is spent regularly on these things make people realize how much money can be saved and put to much better use. Want to want to quit smoking and reward yourself with a vacation trip? – Get an expenses app!
Keep Your Personal and Business Finances Separate
Sound financial management cannot be overestimated. It is doubly so concerning business expenses. A business app requires enhanced functionality, such as the ability to grant access to multiple users.
It is also important to keep your personal and business expenses separate, although having more that one app may prove inconvenient. Consider getting an app that allows sorting your expenses into different folders. This way, you can keep track of your overall spending without confusing which is which.
Spend, Save, Earn
Another useful feature is the ability to make purchases through the app. First, it saves you the trouble of entering any data: all the information about your purchases is saved and stored automatically.
Second, the expenses app may offer great deals and discounts on purchases made within an app. This includes (but is not limited to) earning cashback rewards. Booking flights, hotels, restaurants and online shopping can earn you up to 25% in cashback on the total amount of money spent. Why waste this opportunity?
To sum up, a good expenses app provides you with the necessary tools to keep track of your spending, understanding the structure of your budget (and the ways of its optimization), and also allows you to save money or earn cashback. And don’t forget the ease of use: a well-designed interface can make the sting out of the rather unpleasant process and make it enjoyable!