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Budgeting apps too good to miss

01 August, 2017
Financial apps

Better budgeting

Money is a source of stress that can have an impact on your mental wellness, especially when you're chasing bills, wondering at the true state of your income or where your money is actually going. For those who struggle with their financial literacy, we're lucky to live in a time where there are several tools to help you get organised. We've gathered some of the better budgeting apps that can help you save, plan long-term financial goals and spend safely.

Money Brilliant

Money Brilliant

A one-stop-shop to find out everything happening in your world of money. Instead of having one built in focus, Money Brilliant attempts to figure you out by asking questions on how you feel about investment, what kind of information you'd like to see about your spending, and how confident you are in your financial literacy.

Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Answer questions regarding your money 
  • Sync the app with your bank accounts
  • Identify the functions of your accounts
  • Set bills for the month
  • Add a goal (with a picture, if it takes your fancy!)

Arguably one of the prettier and most UX friendly apps currently on the market.

Money Brilliant on the App Store

Money Brilliant on Google Play


Pocketbook app

Pocketbook is an expense tracker that links with all of your bank accounts.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Sync the app with your bank accounts
  • Identify your regular spending (rent, bills, groceries, entertainment etc)
  • Set your desired savings level for a specified period

And you’re ready to go.

Pocketbook lets you know when a bill is coming, if you’re going to hit your savings target, and if you have enough in you account to meet your expenses.

Pocketbook on the App Store

Pocketbook for Android


Acorns app Australia

Acorns is the easiest way to get into stock – it’s a simple investment app that puts digital ‘change’ into your account. For example: if you buy a coffee for 3.20, it will round see the charge and round the expense up to 3.50, depositing 30c into your account.

There are five portfolios (investment strategies) to choose from, sorted by risk/reward. Either way, it should be noted that these investments are long-term. Don’t expect to see the cash flying in after a couple of weeks!

The app lets you keep track of your investment performance, transaction history, spending, and even your environmental footprint.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Sync the app with your bank accounts
  • Choose your preferred portfolio
  • Schedule regular deposits
  • Set your contribution amount per purchase

Acorns on the App Storye iOS

Acorns on Google Play

TrackMySpend and TrackMyGoals by ASIC


TrackMySpend/Goals were developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to help Australians understand their spending better.

TrackMySpend lets you separate your spend into needs and wants, allowing you to more readily identify saving opportunities. It also gives you the opportunity to download your data as a spreadsheet, which can then be used in other budgeting or financial software.

TrackMyGoals provides encouragement, planning and prioritisation strategies for reaching your financial objectives. It’s visually based, so you can see exactly what your money is going towards, giving you even more motivation to keep your budget and savings on track!

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Detail your spending
  • Set your goals and update a corresponding picture

TrackMySpend on the App Store
TrackMyGoals on the App Store

TrackMySpend on Google Play
TrackMyGoals on Google Play

Have a suggestion we missed?

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Information in this article is factual information only.  It is not intended to imply any recommendation or opinion about a financial product. The information has been prepared without taking into account any individual’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Readers must consider any advice in the article in light of their own objectives, financial situation or needs and if the advice relates to the purchase of a financial product, they should obtain a product Disclosure Statement on the product before making any decision about whether to purchase the product.

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