Here’s a hard truth: none of us are born with money management skills— it’s something that you have to learn — like doing your taxes.

Unless it’s been ingrained in you to be careful with your money, few would have the discipline to budget their finances. Truth be told, it’s not a difficult thing to do — at least not with these expense tracker apps.

These nifty apps can help to lay out your monthly expenditure. You’ll see just how much that daily coffee takeout is costing you. It might be a little shocking, but you’d soon find yourself making wiser decisions — like foregoing that Balenciaga bag in favour of a housing downpayment.

Ready to begin managing your money better? Download one (or a few) of the best expense tracker apps below.

(Hero and featured image from Confessions of a Shopaholic)

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia KL

1
Wally

If you want an app that works simply to track your expenses, Wally is the app for you. It’s great for those who are looking to control their spending as everything is laid out in a handy pie chart to really give you clarity on where exactly your money is going. You have the option of syncing your bank account to the app so any online transactions will automatically be reflected in your expense tracker.

Have a tendency to lose your receipts and warranties? Worry not. Quickly scan and store it in this app. With Wally, you can also plan ahead and schedule bills and grocery shopping lists to really plan out your expenses.

Price
Free, but you can upgrade to a premium account for extra features.
Available on
App Store
download here
2
Mobills

Mobills is easy and intuitive to use with a simplistic and streamlined layout design. For iOS users, you’ll be happy to know that there is both Light and Dark Mode available. Easily add in your expenses according to categories as well as your income, and you’ll be able to see if you’re going towards the red during the month (hopefully not). You can also set a budget (or several) so you won’t overspend on a particular item — for example, food, clothes, gaming, and so on. There is also the option of syncing your credit cards to keep track of your expenditures there and ensure that you’re not going over your credit card’s limit.

 

Price
Free, however this version only has a limited amount of features. You will have to upgrade to a premium account to unlock all the features.
Available on
App Store, Google Play, and Windows Phone
download here
3
Spendee

Yet another easy and fuss-free expense tracking app you can try out is Spendee. Its bright colours and straightforward graphs help you see where your money is going each month, and you can even set budgets and set a “cash wallet”, so you can track how much money you have in your physical wallet as well as your bank account.

While the features for a free account is pretty basic, a premium plan allows you to sync your bank account to the app (for Hong Kong the only banks that are supported include HSBC, American Express, Bank of China, DBS, Hang Seng, PayPal and Standard Chartered), unlimited number of cash wallets, and an unlimited number of budgets.

 

Price
Free, but this version only has a limited amount of features. You will have to upgrade to a premium account to unlock all the features.
Available on
App Store and Google Play.
download here
4
YNAB (You Need A Budget)

Are you desperately spiraling out of control with your expenditures? Do you find yourself buying something you don’t need just because it’s on a discount, but struggling to pay off that credit card? Then you’ll need the YNAB – You Need A Budget – app. While it started out as a web-based application, it’s also available on iOS and Android so you can bring your budget with you on the go. Instead of telling you where your money went, YNAB will tell you beforehand how to spend your money, before it’s already gone, with the magic of budgeting. Set a budget for every category possible where your money goes. You can also set goals — for example, if you want to set aside a down payment for that dream home, make it a budgeting goal and you can see how close you are to achieving that with every Ringgit placed into that goal.

 

Price
The monthly plan costs US$11.99 (HK$93) or you can opt for the yearly plan at US$84 (HK$652) a year. You have a 34-day free trial to test the waters before paying for a plan.
Available on
App Store and Google Play.
download here
5
Household Account Book

Whoever said budgeting had to be a strict and streamlined affair? In accountability, it is, but it doesn’t mean that your app can’t look as cute as this one from Household Account Book. Combining a storyline with cute Japanese graphics make noting down your expenses a fun affair. Don’t expect high-tech features to come with this app, though. It’s one of the most basic expense tracker apps out there for you to manually log your expenditures while showing you a pie chart breakdown of where your money goes.

 

Price
Free
Available on
App Store and Google Play
download here
6
Goodbudget

What makes Goodbudget stand out from other expense tracker apps we’ve listed here is that you will have the ability to share budgets with other users. This is great for couples or families who share expenses and incomes. After all, we agree that it can be pretty tedious to split the utility bills and groceries down in half — why not just pool together a budget for those and work your way from there with a shared account?

 

Price
Most features are free for the basic version and you can get by on it, but the 'Plus' version offers you unlimited categories to list, as well as unlimited accounts and five devices you can sync to (as opposed to two on the Basic version). Honestly though, you can get by on the Basic version.
Available on
App Store and Google Play.
download here