4 Apps for Budgeting and Saving
First a device for entertainment, the smartphone has evolved to be an integral part of daily life. This trend has also entered the sphere of personal finances. New apps help monitor all aspects of your spending to keep users informed of their habits in great detail. These four apps have made saving money and budgeting easier than ever.
Qapital is all about saving. This app allows users to set their own savings goals, which can be as big as a vacation or as small as a new television. Users reach their goals by creating “savings rules.” These rules can be anything. For example, you can have all your purchases rounded up to the next dollar and save the difference. A fun feature is custom goals. It lets a user group savings with another non-financial personal goal, for example, “save $10 for vacation whenever you go to the gym.”
Ibotta should be every coupon lovers new favorite app. Linked to your loyalty cards, Ibotta helps keep your wallet empty of coupons and filled with a little more cash. Before shopping, complete simple tasks to activate offers from your favorite realtors. Once activated, purchase your items and take a photo of your receipt. In 48 hours you’ll have your savings added to your Ibotta account to use on anything you want.
One of the most difficult aspects of investing is having enough funds to begin. Acorns does the work for you. With as little as $1 a month, you can start investing. Funds are pulled from different areas; either one-time investments, recurring investments, or rounding up everyday purchases. The app will invest for you with an award-winning algorithm. Acorns is great because it offers users the ability to put in as much or as little as they want, which can eliminate much of the stress related to investment.
Gas prices are volatile. They rise and drop quickly depending on a long list of variables. Make sure you’re never overpaying with the Gasbuddy App. This simple crowdsourced app points you to the lowest fuel prices in your area. A must-have feature is the “Trip Cost Calculator.” Enter your starting point, your destination, and car type; Gasbuddy does the rest. It’ll let you know which gas stations to stop on a trip to receive the lowest gas prices.
The above apps offer users the ability to take positive steps towards a better financial future. However, they don’t address the most significant financial struggle for many— debt. For Americans struggling with debt, correcting their financial situations may feel impossible.
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