9 Apps to Help You Take Control of Your Financials (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of our previous post on some great financial apps that will save you time, keep you on schedule and help you keep track of your money and financials.

One of the most important lessons parents instill in their children continues to be to save for the future. It can be difficult to trim even a few percentage points each month to keep in an account, but it is extremely likely you’ll be able to part with a few dollars each month to invest in a more secure future. SavedPlus helps get you started by trimming a percent of your deposits or purchases, subtracting it from your account and moving it into your savings account automatically. It’s available on iOS and Android, but hasn’t quite made the leap to all banking institutions in Canada.

Smart investments are ever crucial, and despite the financial struggles within the last decade, historical data has proven useful in numerous projections and provide insight on similar cases. Robust apps like StockTouch for iOS allow you access to historical data grouped by industry, giving you a wealth of information that may not be directly actionable, but will change the way you trade in the future with powerful visuals and representations. Whole sectors of information are available at a single touch, helping you gain a better grasp of companies, industry and the market.

Fraud is still a widespread problem in 2015; even if you’ve never had a single hint of fraud through your family or friends, you should still investigate your options and become proactive. An early warning system such as BillGuard can ensure you catch unauthorized charges to your account before they become a larger problem if, they are in fact, cases of fraud. Available on most mobile platforms, you can track your expenses like other personal finance tracking apps, however it does run through a third-party vendor. Push alerts let you know if you’ve had any unusual charges to your credit card or bank accounts, rounding out your suite of financial app toolkit.

FlexScore can assign you a score based on how much debt you’ve acquired, what your spending habits have been over the last month in addition to your contributions for the future. You can even match this with your friends (if you choose) and see who’s in a better state of health. The big takeaway from FlexScore is that it gives you advice on what might be best to do in the immediate future, such as paying off a specific type of debt or saving for the future instead of spend what’s left at the end of the month. Although the data from the app is extremely insightful, it isn’t available in a mobile app for those always on the run. You can find it on the web at www.Flexscore.com.

Much of your personal, everyday expenses amount to a sizeable amount portion of your income. It could be those new jeans you bought on impulse or that new phone you’ve been saving up for over the last few months; regardless of the expense, you’re likely to find better deals on sites and app services like RetailMeNot. RetailMeNot gives you access to a massive amount of sales on a wide variety of items from clothes to wine. It makes it easy to find a deal and guides you to an online store where you can see exactly how much you’ll be saving. Online shopping is often much cheaper than traditional retail locations, so RetailMeNot helps shave off even more from your impulse purchases. Again, it’s about saving money and having actionable insights to improve your financial outlook, so every bit counts.

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