Top 8 | Budgeting Apps for Android

In this time of financial constraints and austerity measures, there is one breed of app that has ballooned in number so that its category now represents a good chunk of the Play Store. That is of course the finance management or budgeting apps, which are numerous and attractive but do they work? The only really way that you can tell if one of these budgeting apps works for you as an Android user is to download it and try, and even then you might not be getting the most out of the app without paying for some premium service. This is why we are here: to try all these apps so that you don’t have to. And there are so many finance apps out there right now that it can be somewhat overwhelming when it comes to choosing the one that suits you. What’s more, people often don’t have the time to sit down and try each one for a week or so in order to find out. So, which budgeting apps are worth your time and which are best to ignore?

8. Spendee (Free)

Let’s kick things off with Spendee, which is a delight to behold in terms of interface and design. The best thing about the design of this app is the emphasis on graphs and, well, the overall visual representation of your budget that makes things easier to process for the average user. Numbers are great when it comes to precise budgeting but often we just need a basic chart in order to see where we currently stand in terms of finances – how much is left to spend, how much we have spent, etc. Expenses are logged in Spendee under different categories such as Food & Drink, Car, Entertainment, etc. which all contributes to a feed or stream that shows you what is going on with your money. – Download from Google Play

7. Toshl Finance (Free)

Toshl

Like most money management apps, Toshl Finance has a free version and then a pro version that will set you back a few bucks. I believe the price here currently runs into around the $20 mark per year, which isn’t too expensive but it’s worth checking out the free version first. It has a measured approach to budgeting in particular, allowing you to add expenses and then tag them as you see fit, organize them under specific terms so that you can keep track of where all that money is going. Again, while the free version of the app is a great way to test it, it’s really just an advert for the pro version so do keep that in mind when checking this one out. – Download from Google Play

6. Monefy (Free)

Monefy is another excellent money management app with a slick pale interface and an emphasis on the visual representation of your individual budget. You can easily create budgets, manage them and all your individual transactions as well. Your budgets are then synced and backed up so you don’t have to worry about losing data. While it does seem fairly limited in terms of functionality when compared to other apps, it remains a solid option that might well be the choice for you. – Download from Google Play

5. Concur (Free)

Concur

Concur is a budgeting app but one with a strong emphasis on business travel, which is something that sets it apart from the rest slightly and gives it its own little niche of users. It is a very specific approach to take, since the amount of users who are looking for a budgeting app is high but I imagine those that need it for business travel is relatively low. Still, the app seizes this particular niche in the market with both hands and comes up with an app that is both efficient and very useful. With Concur, you can easily plan trips with their integrated TripIt feature and keep tabs on your travel expenses with ease. It’s of great use to those who often travel on their company’s dime, but are required to sit down and note down all these expenses as a result. Concur will do most of this work for you so it really makes the whole process a lot more painless. – Download from Google Play

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