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10 Personal Financial Management Apps You Need To Build Wealth

10 Personal Financial Management Apps You Need To Build Wealth

Building wealth is a long-term that takes not only time, but also the use of a variety of tools to make it happen. It requires the monitoring of various aspects of your spending and saving life. When there is a fault in one aspect or the other, it can impede you reaching your goal in a timely manner. Today, we will take a look at 10 personal financial management applications that will ensure that you are on the right track to building wealth and a large nest egg for the future.

1. Acorns

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    Acorns is an application that is set to be released in July 2014 on the App Store. The app allows you to invest the small spare change, or any amount you choose, into a diversified money market account. Through this, you can gather profit from small and large companies, government bonds, and more.

    Love: Makes investment more approachable for the average individual who may be scared off from the idea of a sophisticated investment portfolio.

    Hate: You must use your bank account for investments. Understandable to prevent credit card debt, but some individuals may prefer other options.

    iOS ($1/month) – Android ($1/month)

    2. Mint

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      Mint allows you to get a holistic view of your finances, including advice on problem areas. When your active accounts are connected, you are able to get a full view of your cash flow, taking into consideration credit card charges and income as well.

      Love: You are able to stay on top of your finances and even get emails when you are falling off the wagon of financial health.

      Hate: Sometimes, budgets aren’t accurate, which requires having to stay on top of the application more than your finances sometimes to ensure things are properly allocated.

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      iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

      3. Level Money

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        The main appeal of LevelMoney are the informative info graphics that allow you to stay on top of your finances, savings as well as spending habits. Plus, as shown above, you can get an easily digestible view of your day, week, and month.

        Love: Simple, easily digestible, and informative.

        Hate: Some may want a little more out of the application, in terms of financial management.

        iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

        4. Scanner Pro

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          Having a digital form of your receipts and financial forms can allow you to ensure that you can easily access important documents dealing with your money. Scanner Pro brings scanning capabilities to your iPhone, allowing you to export as a PDF all within your iPhone itself.

          Love: Great way to digitize papers on the go.

          Hate: For $2.99, the capabilities that come with the app may not be worth it to some, who may simply substitute by taking a photo instead.

          iOS ($2.99)

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          5. Spendee

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            Spendee is a very minimalist financial advice application that analyzes your spending habits to provide you tips on how to spend your money wisely. Your savings activity is also monitored to ensure that you are working toward a plan of building wealth for the future.

            Love: The ability to export your spending and income into an Excel document. I also love the ability to take photos of bills and receipts all in an app worth gorgeous graphs.

            Hate: Financial information focuses more on the month to month, rather than continuously offering your financial state.

            iOS ($1.99) – Android ($1.99)

            6. BillGuard

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              BillGuard allows you to stay on top of your finances to build wealth through keeping track of the bills and other aspects of spending to ensure that you are on a path of financial health. The “guard” aspect of BillGuard comes with the fact that your cards are protected from fraud.

              Love: Security of cards through notifications of suspicious charges and activity.

              Hate: Improved categorization needed.

              iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

              7. Expensify

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                Simply attach your accounts and get expense reports easily downloadable on the application. Several of the features in the application make it welcoming to frequent travelers and business users alike.

                Love: Currency conversion is a great pull feature for travellers, including the ability to import flight information.

                Hate: iPhone seems dependent on the web component.

                iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

                8. Credit Karma Mobile

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                  The most important gate to building smart wealth is through having full knowledge of your credit score and history.  Credit Karma is a big name in credit scores and the application allows you to stay on top of it while also keeping track of your financial accounts connected to the app.

                  Love: You truly get your full credit report for free, without any hidden fees.

                  Hate: None.

                  iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

                  9. Check

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                    Stay on top of your due dates and credit limits. This is the application that ensures that you are on top of bills and ensures that you aren’t going to have a high utilization percentage on your credit cards.

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                    Love: Beautiful application that alerts you when due dates are nearing.

                    Hate: Account management issues; including separate accounts under the same company.

                    iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

                    10. Bloomberg

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                      Staying on top of market news and updates of the stock market will help you to come to a better conclusion on the right time to invest in a specific company. Bloomberg for iOS and Android ensures that you become well versed in all things in financial current affairs.

                      Love: Easy to use and minimalist, while continuing to give a determined and serious user interface. This is the app to get the news you need on finance without fluff.

                      Hate: Geared toward those a little bit more versed in the financial markets, not exactly for fresh beginners yet.

                      iOS (Free) – Android (Free)

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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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