Financial Apps On The Go Back »

Written by Carrie Johnson (former SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist).


Stay on top of your finances wherever you are. That’s where financial apps can come in handy. They let you manage your money, track your track expenses, do accounting, convert currencies, calculate how much you owe, plus they can even track your stocks. Some will let you manage multiple accounts and transfer money between them. Most are available for free or a nominal charge. Be sure to choose those that are secure and safe to use. Choose those that are right for you.

Below is a short list of financial applications you may find helpful:

Allowance Apps

  • iAllowance

    Put piggy banks and paper money behind you! This is Piggy Bank 2.0! iAllowance allows you to manage your child’s finances, chores and rewards. Available on:  iTunes

  • MoneyTrail

    Whether you are in the store with your child who wants to buy a toy or sitting on the couch using your tablet, this app makes it easy to always know how much money your child has. The MoneyTrail App allows you to check your balances and enter transactions from your phone or tablet. Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • Saving Wiz Jr.

    Do your kids have a shopping wish list of toys, games and sports equipment? This app will help them learn to save money in order to get the things they want. Parents can help them track their progress toward their goals. Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • Allowance & Chores Bot

    Allowance & Chores Bot allows you to easily keep track of your family's allowances and chores. With Allowance & Chores Bot, children won't lose or misplace paper money and you won't have to keep track of allowances and chores by hand. Available on:  iTunes

Financial Education

  • Forbes Lifetime Financial Planning

    This app helps shape an approach to spending and saving over time. The app focuses on your living standards and spending so that you can live comfortable now while saving for retirement. Available on: iTunes

  • Peter Pigs Money Counter

    Teach kids about money using this fun game. Recognize and sort coins for kids just beginning to learn about money. Available on: Google Play

  • Financial Football

    The NFL and Visa have teamed up to create this engaging, interactive game, designed to improve financial literacy. You can test your money management skills by answering financial questions.
    Available on: iTunes

Debt Reduction Planning

  • PowerPay

    PowerPay App will help you develop a personalized, self-directed debt elimination plan. Discover how quickly you can become debt free, and how much you can save in interest costs by following your debt reduction plan. Available on: iTunes

Calculators

  • Mortgage Calculator By Zillow

    This simple app can ease the process of figuring possible mortgages. This one has many calculator tools available.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

Credit Monitoring

  • myFICO Mobile

    The official mobile app for myFICO.com users. View and monitor your FICO® Score, credit changes from all three bureaus and access full credit reports based on Experian, TransUnion and Equifax data. Monitor your identity and get instant notifications on your mobile device.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • Equifax Mobile

    Now you can stay on top of your credit and protect your identity on the go with this free app. Uses your GPS location to show you the average credit scores in your area, the frequency of identity fraud in your area, and how your credit measures up to others in your area.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • Experian Credit Tracker

    For Experian Credit Tracker℠ members in the U.S., this app lets you quickly access your Experian Credit Report, FICO® Score, and monitor your credit. Your Experian Credit Report and FICO Score are automatically updated for you each day you sign in to the app, ensuring you always have today’s up-to-date credit information at your fingertips. 
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • Credit Karma

    Get credit reports and credit scores from two leading credit bureaus and daily credit monitoring of your TransUnion credit report.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

Account Aggregating Services

  • Mint

    Get a handle on your finances with this app that includes efficient and user friendly budgeting tools. It organizes and categorizes your spending for you; choose your goals and makes a spending plan.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • LearnVest

    Your personal finances at your fingertips. Track your budget, spending, and financial goals from anywhere. Available on: iTunes

  • Balance My Checkbook Beta

    Basic app to help manage the balances on all your accounts. Whenever you make a purchase you can feel more accountable for what you spent. Available on: Google Play

  • Easy Envelope Budget Aid (EEBA)

    Using this app, family members can establish limits for spending so that everyone stays within the budget.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes

Taxes

  • IRS2GO

    Lets taxpayers check on their tax refund status plus obtain helpful tax information. Available on: Google Play | iTunes

  • MyTaxRefund

    Quickly check the e-file status of your tax returns after you’ve filed them, and get an immediate estimate of your federal tax refund delivery date. Available on: Google Play | iTunes

Mobile Payment

  • Android Pay

    Android Pay is the simple and safe way to pay with your Android phone at over one million store locations across the US (and soon in apps). To set it up, just add your credit and debit cards. When you're ready to pay, simply unlock your phone, hold it near a contactless terminal, and you're good to go. Available on: Google Play

  • Apple Pay

    Paying in stores or within apps has never been easier or safer. Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the right card. Now you can use your credit cards, store credit cards, and rewards cards with just a touch. Get set up information on the Apple Pay website.

  • PayPal

    The safe secure way to buy an item or transfer money to an individual. Convenient way to send money on the go.
    Available on: Google Play | iTunes


Disclaimer: The products and services mentioned in this article are provided or informational purposed only. They are in no way endorsed, supported, or affiliated by South Dakota State University.

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