One of the most popular New Year's resolutions people make is to really get a handle on their finances. Whether the goal is to pay off debt, save enough money for that dream vacation or just to not feel overwhelmed living paycheck to paycheck, there are many different ways to be stressed about money. Luckily, there are also a lot of apps that can help make life a little bit easier. If you are trying to get a grip on your finances, you may find these to be helpful:
The app does what many people frequently forget to do since going paperless several years ago: download account statements. It also gives you an overview of your accounts and gives you bill due-date reminders. To get more connections and storage, you can pay $2 a month for up to 12 connections and 1 gigabyte of storage or $5 for up to 30 connections and 10 gigabytes of storage. Users also can opt to have documents downloaded to a number of other storage sites, including Dropbox and Evernote, or to their computers.
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If you regularly donate clothes, toys, books and household goods to local charities, you need this app. The free ItsDeductible app from Intuit Inc allows users to record contributions as they make them and offers values for common items. Users can print out an annual report for any tax pro, although TurboTax users can download the information directly into their returns.
Accessing files from any device or location is essential for many people's work, but cloud-based storage also helps when travelling and in preparing for natural disasters. So it's a good idea to regularly upload travel documents, insurance policies, appraisal reports, home inventories, scans of old tax returns and other important paperwork.
4. Mobile banking
Financial planner Michael Kitces calls this "a crucial aspect" of his financial life. "The only time my wife or I have set foot in a physical bank branch for the past two years was to get a legal document notarized. It’s glorious," says Kitces, research director at Pinnacle Advisory Group. All the other stuff most bank app do — transfer money, pay bills, send alerts, find fee-free ATMs — makes this one amazing mobile money tools.
Intuit's free personal finance aggregator allows its 2.5 million monthly users to track their spending, monitor their credit scores and spot potential fraud by automatically downloading transactions from bank, credit card and investment accounts. It is also a favorite among financial advisors. "Mint allows you to combine all of your finances into one location so that you can take a high level view," says David Almonte, a CPA in Providence, Rhode Island.