Money management has never been easier thanks to all of the different personal finance apps at our disposal today.
There are apps to help you budget, apps to help you save, and apps to help you invest. Whats more, there are even apps that pay you to walk! The problem with this is that there are so many different apps on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are good to use!
To help you out, I’ve managed to curate a list of what I think are the 7 best personal finance apps of 2019.
Each app on this list provides a set of unique features and value for money. Let’s get started.
Top 7 Personal Finance Apps of 2019
1. You Need A Budget (YNAB): Personal Budgeting Software
You Need A Budget (YNAB) is by far the best budget app around.
Here’s the tagline of YNAB on their official website – “Gain Total Control Of Your Money. Stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, get out of debt, and save more money.”
It does, however, require a subscription of $7 a month. While this may seem like a lot for a budgeting app, the average YNAB user saves $6,000+ in their first year!
YNAB is so confident about saving you money that they are currently offering a “No Risk, 100% Money Back Guarantee”. No questions asked complete refund.
Since the first 34 days are free, you’ll have more than a month to test the program and see if it lives up to your expectations.
You Need A Budget is award-winning software and a proven method—that works.
So, what makes YNAB the best money management app?
Just look at everything it does:
Syncs with your bank.
Supports multiple devices.
Helps you pay off debt.
Let’s you set and track financial goals.
Gives you detailed spending reports.
Offers email support and live workshops.
YNAB vs. Other Budgeting Apps
If you set up all your accounts, and get an email at the end of the month full of pie charts showing that you spent an obscene amount of money in restaurants—you still spent an obscene amount of money in restaurants. That money is long gone. This is why you’ve never heard anyone say that Mint changed their lives.
Unless you are intentional about making a plan and sticking to it, there’s a very good chance the same thing will happen next month.
Looking backward (we’re looking at you, pie charts!) is certainly better than not looking at all, but it isn’t going to change your behavior.
With YNAB, they’re focused on what is in front of you, what you still have the ability to influence. Before you spend a single dollar, they’ll help you think through your priorities—immediate, short-term, and long-term—and allocate your money accordingly.
Better yet, they will teach you how to use your budget to make spending decisions and how easy it is to adjust your budget throughout the month, because life.
Learn more about YNAB’s money management system here.
2. Mint: Budgets? You betcha
Mint is by far the most well known and best free budget app around. If you’re looking for a way to view all your accounts in one place and take a closer look at your spending and saving habits, then this is the app for you. The fact that it’s free is a bonus!
Mint works by connecting to your bank (currently only works with U.S. and Canadian banks). By connecting to your bank, you’re allowing Mint to view and gather data so that it can categorize your spending and help you see where all your money is going.
Mint Is Personalized For Your Needs
Create budgets that make sense today and set you up for success tomorrow.
See bills and money together, so you know what’s due, when it’s due and what you can pay.
Receive alerts for unusual account charges, and get custom tips for reducing fees and saving money.
Get your free credit score and learn how you can improve it now to get the things you want later.
You can track almost anything with Mint: bills, debt, investments, credit score, and more. When you sign up for Mint, you’ll get a guided tour so don’t worry if this all sounds like a bit much.
Mint is available for iPhone and Android.
3. Personal Capital: A Whole New Way to Manage Your Money
First of all, Personal Capital app is an award winning finance tool available only in the US.
Most of you might already that I’m from Canada, so I don’t have access to the personal capital app.
That means I use Mint to track my net worth.I’m planning to switch to YNAB shortly to try out their promotional offer for a month and see if its really better than Mint like the website says.
However, I knew I needed to include it on the list. Every other finance blogger that I read always recommends Personal Capital as the best net worth tracker around, so it must be good!
With Personal Capital, you can link all your bank accounts for free to see a clear real-time view of your entire financial life.
See your net worth
Analyze your investments and spot hidden fees
Set spending and saving goals
Also, it’s completely free.
I’ll also be writing an in-depth review on the Personal Capital App so do look out for it in the coming days.
You can sign up for free here (PS – I wont get any referral commission if you do sign-up, just sharing the link so that its easier and helpful for you)
4. GoodBudget: ENVELOPE BUDGETING FOR THE MODERN WORLD
GoodBudget is the best solution for those who want to keep their budgeting simple and track their expenses easily.
How does it do this?
It uses the tried and tested envelope system.
How this system works is you take your income for the month and divide it into envelopes for all your expenses.
For example, you might have an envelope for your car payments, mortgage, groceries, and rent. You then take money from the envelopes when you need it. If you need to buy groceries, you do so with money from the grocery envelope and only the grocery envelope! This way you’re planning out your spending in advance making it impossible to overspend.
There is, however, one problem with this system: you’d have to carry around cash all the time and use physical envelopes. What is this the 1900’s?
How Does The Good Budget App Work?
A budget tracker for the modern age. Say no more to carrying paper envelopes. This virtual budget program keeps you on track with family and friends with the time tested envelope budgeting method.
What Makes it A Great Budget Software?
A proven budgeting system with powerful software tools you’ll love. Track Envelope and Account balances on the go and seamlessly sync your spending with multiple devices and to the Goodbudget website.
Budget Software Built For Daily Life
Over the years, Goodbudget and EEBA, the Easy Envelope Budget Aid, help thousands of people stick to a budget.
You’ll save for big expenses, share budgets with the people who matter most—with cloud sync-enabled apps—and create a budget that actually works.
With the foundation of the time-tested envelope budgeting system, the Goodbudget app for Android and iPhone is chock full of powerful features without compromising simplicity.
That’s where GoodBudget comes in: it’s envelope budgeting for the 21st century. You’ll be able to follow the envelope budgeting system through the GoodBudget software without having to keep cash in physical envelopes. Best of all it’s available on the web, and for iPhone and Android, so you’ll have access almost everywhere you go.
5. Trim: Saving Money Should be Easy
Trim isn’t a personal finance app but I wanted to include it on this list because it does some things that the other apps on this list don’t.
Saving money should be easy. Automate it with Trim.
One of the features I love about Trim is that it can track your recurring subscriptions. When I signed up I found a couple recurring subscriptions that I wasn’t using anymore, so I promptly canceled them and saved myself some money.
How Trim Automates Ways to Save you Money
1. Securely Connect Accounts
Trim uses bank-level security with 256-bit SSL encryption, two-factor authentication, and read-only access.
2. Trim Analyzes Spending
Trim will analyze your accounts to find recurring subscriptions and determine where you can save more money.
3. Automate Ways to Save
Trim cancels subscriptions, negotiates your Comcast bill, finds you better car insurance, and more.
Trim can do a lot more than just track subscriptions though, so I recommend signing up for free here.
6. Acorns: Invest Your Spare Change
The next best personal finance apps in this list is Acorns.
Acorns is an app that rounds up your purchases and invests the spare change automatically. Simply link up your bank account and your credit/debit cards, and the app will start doing it’s magic for you.
Here’s how Acorns Works:
1. Invest Automatically
Set aside spare change or extra cash as you go about your day with Round-Ups and Recurring Investments.
2. Save For Later
Get the easiest IRA, Acorns Later, and save for retirement without thinking about it.
3. Stick With It
Sit back and let your money grow over time in diversified portfolios constructed by experts.
This system works so well because it’s hands off and you won’t even notice the money leaving your account. After a while, all of these little round-ups add up to huge savings!
Many users set up their Acorns account, forget about it for a few months and come back to hundreds of dollars in their account.
If you want to add money to your Acorns account without using round-ups, you can do so manually. You have the option to set up recurring daily, weekly, or monthly investments, or you can do one time investments of $5 – $50,000.
After you get some money into your account, Acorns will start building an investment portfolio for you based on your financial situation and goals. Your answers will affect the investment recommendations Acorns gives you.
Oh yeah, and it only costs you $1/month for all of this. Sign up here for free. (Like I said before I don’t get any referral commissions if you do sign-up, its just to help and get you started)
7. Mylo: Best Canadian Auto Investment App
Mylo is the last app in today’s list and is definetely one of the best personal finance apps in Canada.
It is pretty much the Canadian version of Acorns. I’m Canadian so when I heard about Mylo I signed up instantly to test it out. To be frank, its really been great so far!
Like Acorns, Mylo rounds up your transactions and invests the spare change. Mylo also gives you the option to add extra money manually so that you don’t have to spend to invest, I use this feature all the time.
In order for Mylo to invest your money properly, they ask you to fill out a five-question investor profile. This helps them decide what to invest in (safer or riskier).
Once you’re all set up, just forget about it, and you’ll be saving money effortlessly.
How Does Mylo Work?
Create a Mylo account and link your bank to the app.
Use your debit and credit cards to make purchases as usual.
We round your purchases up to the nearest dollar and invest the spare change.
That’s it! Watch your savings and investments grow.
The one thing I wish I had done when signing up was to use someone’s referral link because when you sign up as someone’s referral, you get$5 for free, and the person who referred you gets $5 as well.
Mylo also only costs $1/month.
There you have it, all of the best personal finance apps I am aware of.
I hope this list helped you find an app that fulfills your needs.
Please let me know your thoughts and comments below.
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Hey, I’m Sagar from Toronto, Canada.
I am a self-taught, motivated Canadian Personal Finance Blogger who loves writing articles about Savings, Investing, Stocks & ETF reviews, Side Hustles, Frugal Living, Credit Cards and Retirement Planning. Husband. Father. Software Developer. Web Designer. Hiking Enthusiast.