Mashable recently published a list of their favorite financial apps, and we thought we’d do the same. Here are five great applications that help with everything from sticking to your budget to finding the best price on gasoline. Take a look.
Smart money management begins when you sit down and draw a full picture of your monthly income, expenses and debt. Mint.com’s personal finance app is a popular one for helping you do this. Just set up a free account on the Mint website, then download the free app for your smartphone or tablet. You can set up alerts to give you a heads up when you’ve received a large deposit, gone over a specific budget or when you need to pay a bill.
Is there anything more frustrating than filling up your tank, only to drive down the road and see another station offering fuel for less? GasBuddy is a free smartphone app that helps you avoid this scenario, pointing out the best gas deals near you. The app even has details on gas prices all throughout the U.S. and Canada, so it’s especially handy during long car trips.
If you’re one of the growing number of professional freelancers, or you simply find you have a lot of work-related expenses, chances are you closely track your spending for tax purposes. Tax Organizer is an easy-to-use tax application that lets you keep detailed records of your spending. You can even use your phone’s camera to back up your receipts and export information to an Excel or CSV file. The application is free, but there’s a fee of $14.95 a month for the service.
You’ve probably stood in a store’s aisle and wondered if another place across town offered the same products at better prices. The free RedLaser app takes the guesswork — and potential legwork — out of landing the best deal by letting you scan an item’s barcode and see how much it’s going for at other stores and online retailers. All you need is a cell phone with a camera, and the insatiable itch to get the best price around.
What mobile apps do you use to make the most of your money? Have you found any that aren’t on this list?