3 Money Management Apps to Help You Take Control of Your Finances This Year
Welcome to 2017.
It’s time to manage your money, but where to start?
Take advantage of the many apps available to help you save, invest and budget this new year.
Surprisingly, nearly 42% of folks do not use any sort of technology to handle their finances, according to LendEDU.
“Frankly, we didn’t expect that 42% would say that they don’t use technology,” says Andrew Rombach, LendEDU’s research and content associate.
We’re talking tools as simple as Bank of America’s online banking site.
Even more: Nearly 20% of respondents said technology would be “the most powerful tool” in helping them maintain financial resolutions.
“Surprising” is how Rombach described the results.
Absolutely, especially considering these respondents are tied to LendEDU — an online marketplace for student loans and student loan refinancing.
3 Money Management Apps to Help Your Finances This Year
Until recently, I’d never used money management apps — outside of my banking app that automatically handled payments.
I was missing out. Many of these apps do the work for you and make personal finance a whole lot less terrifying and your resolutions a whole lot more achievable.
My phone is now plagued (in a good way) with financial management apps, including many of the ones listed below. It’s my hope these will help me — and now you — meet New Year’s financial resolutions.
1. For saving, try Qapital.
Qapital — what I use — is an automated savings app that makes saving kinda, sorta fun. And also mindless.
First, you set a goal. For me, it was to save enough to take a train trip. I set “rules,” which, when triggered, transfer money into my Qapital account.
For example, if I meet my daily step goal, $2 is transferred in. Or if I make a purchase of $3.85, the leftover 15 cents trickles over. In five months, I stashed away $700 — without thinking.
Download Qapital to start saving some coins today.
2. For $5 in free stocks, try Stash.
Think you don’t have enough money to start investing? Think again.
Stash is an easy-to-use app money management app that breaks down investing in easy-to-understand terms. Set it up to automatically transfer a certain amount of money each week from your bank account into your “Stash.” You can start with as little as $5.
3. For investing, try Clink.
Clink is another investment app that lets you invest in the stock market automatically. You can easily start investing with $1 a day (or more if you so choose).
If you want to check out other apps, here are eight more we actually use at The Penny Hoarder.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.