5 Great Personal Finance Apps to Keep You On Track

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It seems like there’s an app for almost everything now, and personal finance apps can be particularly helpful. Researching how to be more responsible with your money helps, but having an actual app (or two or three) at your fingertips to help you stay on track can be a great way to start a strong pattern of financial responsibility.

There are apps for everything from saving money to paying bills to budgeting, and there are many choices for each category. Choosing a few apps to start with can help if you are new to using personal finance apps, and hopefully just utilizing one or more will make a difference when you are out and about and wondering if you should purchase something, or if you are on a business trip.

1. If you need an app for budgeting and keeping track of accounts

Mint.com has a collection of helpful personal finance apps. The company’s iPhone app was named the Best Finance App by App Awards and included in Time Magazine’s 50 Best iPhone Apps of 2011. The app makes it easy to track your finances and offers alerts for high spending. The app also allows users to check account details and update their budgets; it also updates the instant you enter in new purchases.

The app also is password protected, which is a nice feature in case you lose your phone or have nosy friends or coworkers. Most user reviews are positive and suggest that the app is easy to use and helpful, but did note that some features that are available on the browser-based version are not available on the app. The app is free.

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