Balancing a budget and keeping up with your spending in college can be hard—especially when they don’t have a very large budget to start with (hey, textbooks are expensive). Here are five apps that can help students make better choices with their money and become more financially savvy in the process.
This simple and effective free app for Android phones allows students to track repeating transactions, make account transfers, and keep up with a budget. You can keep an electronic record of your checkbook and log your bills and purchases with a screen layout that’s easy to navigate.
This app for iPhone users is perfect for students who primarily use cash because it tracks cash spending and earnings. Although it’s not directly connected to your checking account, (you initially enter the balance), you can still see where your dollars are going in an easy-to-use format. ($0.99)
Paying bills on time is essential for building a good credit score and this iPhone app can prevent you from ever paying late fees. With all of your bills in one place, you can keep easily track of them with the help of charts and graphs. Cost: $1.99
This free app for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones comes in handy for lots of things including price comparisons, checking food labels for nutritional value and allergens and finding library just by scanning a barcode with the camera on your phone. If for some reason your phone isn’t reading the barcode, you can also manually enter in the numbers for the same results.
Students looking for some direction in paying off a credit card bill or student loans should check out this app that helps prioritize debts. Whether you want to pay off your balances from lowest to highest, or you want to specially customize the order that you pay them, this app records payments to tracks progress. Cost: $2.99
Balancing a check book and tracking spending might be the last thing on most college student’s minds, but these five apps take the hassle out of creating and sticking to a budget.