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Managing personal finances is generally an active process. But with new mobile software, it’s becoming increasingly more simple to streamline the monitoring and calculating processes so that you can quickly and easily analyze where your money is coming from and where it’s going. Here are five of the most effective mobile apps for staying on top of your personal finances:

BillGuard (Free– IOS, Android)
Called one of the best free apps of 2014 by PC Magazine, BillGuard allows you to track your spending and view all your accounts. The app also searches the web for coupons that will lower your bills, based on your own spending patterns. BillGuard has been praised for its fluid user interface that makes it simple to see where your money is going, based on various categories such as bills, education or general shopping. The software also includes identity theft protection powered by Experian.

Personal Capital (Free– IOS, Android)
Are you spending more than you’re making? Personal Capital is the app that will tell you if and why you’re spending might be more than you’re accumulating. The app also utilizes interactive cash flow tools that allow you to budget. In addition to personal finances, Personal Capital will also allow you to track your investments by account, asset class or individual security. Like BillGuard, Personal Capital also offers easy to understand graphs and charts.

Mint (Free– IOS, Android, web)
Perhaps one of the most popular and well-known finance management apps on the market, Mint pulls all of your personal finance accounts and investments into one place, so you can track your spending, create a budget, receive bill reminders and check your credit score. With the tools that Mint provides, you’re not likely to miss paying any bills. The app also provides information on how to improve your credit score. In addition to using your mobile device, you can also use the Mint website. Mint also protects your data with the same 128-bit encryption and physical security that banks use.

Pocket Expense (Free– IOS)

This iPhone app brings your financial accounts together, categorizes your transactions, tracks all your bills, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals. Like the other software on this list, the key phrase is “budget management.” Pocket Expense has a simple, fluid interface and breaks all of your transactions into convenient reports. All data from the app can also be backed up wirelessly from your device.

Learnvest (Subscription-based — IOS, web)

Learnvest combines a dedicated planner with innovative technology to help make financial planning more accessible. The company’s Action Program provides users with a dedicated Certified Financial Planners who customizes the plan and, in conjunction with the individual, monitors progress towards determined financial goals. LearnVest identifies five key habits that can provide continuous financial stability when adopted early in life. The tools LearnVest offers are free; however, financial planning services start at $19 per month after a $299 startup fee.

 

Barry Falls Jr
Barry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he studied sociology, journalism, and business entrepreneurship. He has over five years of experience working with small web-based startups to assist them with growing their engagement and creating online communities around their brand. He's the editor of Frontier Desk.

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