A while ago, I reviewed Pennies, an application that I really liked because of its simple focus, just tracking your expenses. Normally, this is what I want, being able to see how much I spend on a month and see where the money goes.
Well, I knew of this alternate application, MoneyBook back then but did not take a closer look at it. However, after seeing its development during the last couple of months, while Pennies were at a standstill, I decided to take a look at it.
MoneyBook does not disappoint in its interface. The design fits very well on the iPhone and uses both standard iPhone OS design elements as well as own ones, with a good graphical quality.
As you can see, the icon is quite beautiful too and one that will sit proudly on your home screen.
The app is very much made to be a quick finance tracker and not the in-depth, full-featured, finance application. This shows in the way you add a new transaction. All you do is click the big, front and center “New Transaction” button.
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Tracking your expenses can benefit your financial planning, however it is hard to remember to save receipts for the smaller purchases you make where you perhaps do not use a card to pay. Pennies is an app that aims to help you track your expenses.
In Pennies, you have a main “money meter” as the base of the app. You set a standard monthly budget and then as you get expenses, enter these into the app (more on that later). A meter, that looks just like a gas meter in a car, clearly shows you how much you have left, in a graphical fashion. Above it is shown the actual amount. A very nice graphical touch!
I travel for business quite a bit and any business traveler will tell you that if you forget to expense something, you're usually out of luck. That means that you eat the expense without even realizing it. Most companies can only reimburse you for the expenses you submit. So if you forget to submit something you don't get reimbursed for it. I'm lucky that my company uses American Express for tracking any expenses charged to our individual corporate cards. However, there are many times that I have to pay cash for things such as Taxi rides.
iXpenseIt helps me keep track of it all
With iXpenseIt I can quickly and easily record expenses as they happen. Since I really only need it for cash expenditures or expenses I do on a card other than my Corporate AMEX, I don't have to use it for every single thing I expense. However, even if I did need to record every single expense, it's so quick and easy that it wouldn't be a problem.
Everybody loves RedLaser. I do too. However, there is one thing that RedLaser relies on that's the UPC barcode. So as long as you're holding the item in your hand or know the barcode number you can look up the price of the item. However, if you don't have the barcode info you're pretty much out of luck.
Save Benjis+ does both!
I've been a long time user of Save Benjis.. Save Benjis allows you to do a keyword search to look up the price of an item and compare that price at different locations. Now they have a new version called Save Benjis+ and as you might have guessed, the "+" is Barcode Scanning. Now you get one app that can check the price of an item if you have access to the barcode or if you just key in the name of the item.
This is probably going to be one of the easiest iPhone app reviews I've ever done. The reason that this is going to be easy is because this app is basic, does one thing and does it well!