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In the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant economic devastation, watching your money has never been this crucial. These four apps make it easier.

GoodBudget

Android / iOS

For those who find it difficult to spend within their means, this app does all the hard work for you. Which means you no longer have to collect receipts throughout the month to check your spending. Set it up with details of your monthly family budget – and every time you’re tempted to splurge, this little technological helper simply won’t let you. A built-in function allows you to sync your budget across all devices to ensure you – and other members of your family - are on top of your monthly finances all the time. It offers valuable tips and guidelines for staying the course when it comes to your saving goals.

Mint

Android / iOS

This app allows you to see all of your bills and money at a glance as it automatically updates and categorises your financial information. From your bank accounts, rates bills, school fees and credit cards to your home loan, monthly payments for groceries and more—Mint allows you to conveniently manage your money from one centralised dashboard. From rates bills, to school fees and monthly payments for groceries, it's all in one place and easy to manage. Bill tracking reminders ensure you pay on time which means you avoid late penalty fees - and you will also be alerted when your funds are running low. Mint also shows you exactly how your spending decisions affect the money you have at the end of the month or year. 

Wallet

Android / iOS

Just like a real-world wallet, this app holds credit and debit cards, store cards, boarding passes, tickets, and cash, without taking up any space in your pocket. With Wallet, you can use passes on your iPhone to check in for flights, get and redeem rewards, get in to movies, or cash in coupons. And unlike having to scratch through your purse in real life, Wallet asses can tell you everything from the balance on your coffee loyalty card, your coupon’s expiration date, your seat number for a concert, and more. The process of adding cards to your Wallet can vary greatly from app to app, depending on how the company or developer decides to use them ­­– but the time figuring this out means a streamlined, easy-to-access wealth of daily information at your fingertips.  You can choose to connect your wallet app with your bank and financial institutions to make finance tracking easier than ever.

22seven

Android / iOS

22seven created by Old Mutual allows you to see all your money in one secure place. You can create and manage your personalised budgets and finance goals. The app is easy to use. Once you have linked all your banking accounts (cheque, savings, home bond etc) to the app, all your transactions will be logged and categorised so that you can easily see where your money is being spent. Once you know where your money is going, it's easier to plan your budget realistically and it also helps you track if you are sticking to your budget. 

Being more in control of your money is a great first step in being prepared for life's unexpected changes. You can't change the decisions you have made in the past, but with these finacial apps you can get some help to make better money decisions in the future. 

Stay #Datawyze with Vodacom

While these apps may be free, the data you use to download them is not. For tips on how to save data on specific platforms, check our #Datawyze category. And remember that it's super easy to top up with data whenever you need to using the My Vodacom App. Download it today on Android or iOS and purchase personalised Just 4 You data with offers tailor-made for you.

 

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