the best budgeting apps of 2017

The Four Best Budgeting Apps of 2017

Sometimes, money stinks. You work hard to earn it, you can't seem to hold on to it, and you have to spend time keeping track of it. We're all on the same page. There are tons of mobile applications available to help you manage your budget and finances. We've narrowed down the best of the best.

Downloading the best budget app will help you save money, set aside money for upcoming rent and expenses, and ultimately avoid overdraft fees fines and late fees.

mint budgeting application review

MINT

Mint is without a doubt the largest app in the finance space. Mint gives you the ability to link all of your financial accounts (like your credit cards, debit cards, 401k, Roth IRA, and savings accounts) and in turn gives you detailed analytics for your spending habits, net worth, and monthly budget. Cost = free!

you need a budget

YOU NEED A BUDGET

You Need A Budget is all about helping you budget for the future (while also analyzing your past spending.) The application allows you to import data from your banks, or you can choose to enter your income and expenses manually. Here's the neat part: every time you get money deposited into your accounts (via paycheck, etc), YNAB will have you assign each dollar a job. That job may be rent, it may be grocery money, or it might be entertainment. Having each dollar assigned to a task holds you accountable for the outlook of your finances. Cost = free for one year for students. Everyone else: free for 34 days, then $50/annually.

Level budgeting app

LEVEL

Level's model is to "spend smarter, do more, and live better." The application takes all of your budget into account (think recurring expenses, rent, and savings), then gives you a "Spendable" number that you can use each month. That amount is what you use on your extra niceties, like coffee or eating out. Cost = Free.

everydollar budgeting application

EveryDollar

Much like every other type of online budgeting tool, EveryDollar uses a clean and simple interface to help you craft (and stick to!) your weekly, monthly or yearly budget. EveryDollar uses a zero-dollar technique: you can easily see where you're overspending or underspending, depending on category. Cost = Free version with limitations, $99/year for full version.

WHY SHOULD I BUDGET WHEN I'M IN A BOOTCAMP?

Making money while you're in a bootcamp might be difficult, especially if you're spending eight or more hours a day in an immersive program. Budgeting while you're learning to code will be very important, and you'll need to factor in time for your post-graduation job search. Skills Fund's Interest-Only loans have a two-month repayment grace period: students don't start making full payments on their loan until two months after they've graduated, which gives you time to find a job and steady income.

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WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

Skills Fund's mission is to equipt as many students as possible with a hands-on, transformative skills training. Our loan terms are completely transparent: you'll know your interest rate, general APR and monthly repayments before you even apply. For many of our partner schools, we're proud to offer students an additional cost of living stipend on top of their tuition loan. This additional lump sum of money can be applied to anything from rent, to groceries, to transportation costs. Keep your eye on the prize and focus on your education. After all, financing should never get in between you and your transformed future.

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