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iOS App of the Month: Buddy – Simple Help

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The first iOS app of the month goes to Buddy – a cost tracking finance app.

As described by the developer:

Buddy helps you create a budget and keep track of your expenses. We give you a beautiful and detailed overview of your expenses, income and savings.

Buddy is free with a paid subscription model if you want to use the "pro" features. In my case, none of the features are the ones I'm interested in using – so the functionality I'm discussing here is part of the free version.

I was looking for a "finance app" with some features in mind. Specifically, I want to keep track of how much I spend on my credit card each month and have a better understanding of where the money is going. So many important features for me are:

  1. The ability to quickly add a purchase / cost to the app. I don't want to open an app and navigate through 3 pages of options and press two dozen buttons to add to each transaction.
  2. The ability to either leave a short note or add purchases to a & # 39; category & # 39; so I can monitor what I'm spending my money on.
  3. A user-friendly interface where I can quickly find the information I am looking for, which is usually the total amount I have spent and where I spent it.

Buddy accomplishes these things in spades.

It's so easy to add a purchase to the app that I can usually do it before I leave the store, often before I've received the receipt. All you have to do is open the app, click on a large and obvious "plus sign" button ( + ) and then enter the amount you spent, assign the transaction a category (food, restaurant, entertainment, etc.). It takes about 15 seconds in total.

At a glance, I can determine how much I spent in a given day / week / month and where the money went. I went through half a dozen financial apps before settling on Buddy, so I can say with great confidence that if you're looking for an expense tracker, this is where you should start.

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