Starting 2013 with a clean financial slate should be at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions. Even if it’s a habit you already possess, it’s easy to slide back if you have nothing to remind you of your goals. To make this task easier, here are our ten picks for apps that help monitor your finances.
Bento 4 (iPad)
Publisher: FilePublisher, Inc.
How much: $9.99 (P400+)
Why it’s good: It’s challenging for any mom to keep work, family and her personal life in order – and that’s where Bento 4 comes in. This app makes it almost effortless for anyone, even people without much of a background in accounting, to make smart and neat databases in moments. With a portfolio of predesigned, customizable templates and an instinctively usable interface, this app can be your best tool for organizing minutiae (billing payments, kid’s schedules, diet logs, etc.) and financial data for your family or your business. Bento can stand on its own on your iPad or can be used with the Bento 4 version that runs on any Mac laptop or desktop.
Mint.com Personal Finance for iPadPublisher (iPad, iPhone, Android)
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How much: Free
Why it’s good: Downloading Mint.com’s app will help you set goals for your financial well being, whether it’s short, medium or long term. It helps by zeroing in on your goals, offering some advice and ultimately help you monitor, budget and balance your money using its tools. You can organize the most basic of your expenses - food, clothes, gas, rent, diapers, tuition, mocha frapuccino lattes – and the Mint.com app will tell you how much goes to which category. It also reminds you of when bills and accounts have to be paid with its own email and mobile notifications.