I think my budgeting issues are as well documented on this website as my math issues are. Coincidence? Probably not since they both have to do with keeping track of numbers. I’ve reviewed budgeting apps that I liked and budgeting apps that didn’t thrill me as much. CoinKeeper is one that I could see myself using. It leans more on graphics and visual representations of your money and less on numbers, graphs and calculations. Here, to move money in your budget all you need to do is drag a coin from an account to an expense. CoinKeeper asks you how much you’d like to move and that’s all it takes. When you first set up your budget you can either do it manually by yourself or enter an income amount and have CoinKeeper set your budget. I tried this out and it was surprisingly close to accurate. There were still categories I needed to add but it was a good start and the figures were in the right ballpark.
In addition to monitoring you expenses you can also set financial goals. For fun CoinKeeper has a profile screen where you’ll earn stars for how well you’ve done saving, sticking to your budget, etc. It will rate you according to whether your are thrifty, hoarding, consistent or prosperous. For those who like reports and charts they are here. You’ll be able to see how much of your money went where at the end of the month.
I like the look and feel about CoinKeeper. If budgeting were ever going to be an enjoyable experience for me this might be the app to make that happen.
Price when Reviewed: $2.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.