Technology is great. It’s possible to do a number of financial tasks with your mobile device, including budgeting, paying down debt and shopping smart. I bought the hottest new Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, on its launch day. Once I got my hands on it, I started looking for apps to really make the most of it.
Android is a great operating system for a phone, and with the right apps found on Google Play, you can manage your money (and even save money) no matter where you are or what you are doing.
I’ve been a big fan of Mint and this is one of the best money management apps, allowing you to see what is happening with your accounts no matter where you are. With this app, you can see exactly where you stand. It’s perfect for checking your budget progress while you are on the go. Oh and did I mention that Mint allows Canadians too?
Want to save money at the store? This barcode scanner is one of the most exciting apps for Android. Simply take a picture of the barcode at the store, and you’ll see price comparisons for local stores, as well as online options. It’s price comparison turbo-charged, and in the palm of your hand. No more running all over town, you can simply scan and then use that information to negotiate a better price.
This is an opensource app that is aimed at those who want to manage finances in a serious way from their phones. You can enter a number of transactions, including transfers and scheduled transactions. It’s also great for business owners, who can use it for projects, payees and locations. It’s also possible to split transactions with this app.
If you are serious about saving money, the Groupon app for Android can help. Get daily deals delivered right to your phone, and store them on your phone, so you don’t have to worry about printing out your deal. It’s a great way to save money and put your phone to good use.
5. Bank Finder
This is one of the most useful apps for Android. No matter where you are, you can find a bank or ATM. Get turn-by-turn instructions from your location. Handy if you are in an unfamiliar area and need some quick cash.
Your phone can be a wallet. Google Wallet allows you to pay for items across the web, as well as on Google Play. On top of that, it’s also possible to use your phone to pay by tapping at stores outfitted with NFC point-of-sale terminals. So with a newer NFC-equipped model, your cell phone can become a payment device, too.
One of the best ways to save money over time and use your resources wisely is to get out of debt. ChristianPF readers are certainly familiar with the debt snowball. The Debt Snowball app can help you create a plan to help you pay your debt in a way that works for you. Receive a personalized debt repayment plan that helps you see exactly what you need to do each month until pay off. It’s a great way to take control of your financial future, and stop spending so much on interest payments.
All of these apps are free or fairly inexpensive. They can help you save money in the long run, and manage your finances better.
What are some other Android apps that you love? Leave a comment!