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10 smartphone apps that can help track your expenses

Isabel Eva Bohrer and JR Raphael | Sept. 28, 2012
Hate having to record your expenditures for the IRS or your company's accounting department? These iPhone and Android apps can make it easier to track your expenses.

FreshBooks provides cloud-based accounting services for small business owners and freelancers who must deal with clients. The iPhone app allows you to track expenses, invoices and client information, log hours in list and calendar format, manage projects, send price quotes and convert them to invoices, receive expense reports and more.

FreshBooks Cloud AccountingClick to view larger image.

The steps are easy to follow and are displayed in a visually appealing manner. Once you're logged in, you track expenses by entering the amount, attaching an optional photo of a receipt and adding taxes. You can then also add a category, the client name, vendor, date and any additional notes. Once you have assigned an expense to a specific client, you can convert the expense to an invoice and send it via email, snail mail or view it as a PDF. FreshBooks also integrates with PayPal, which you can then select as a payment method on the invoice.

FreshBooks is a comprehensive and easy-to-use expense-tracking app that offers a number of other useful features besides.

--Isabel Eva Bohrer

Hello Expense

Free OS reviewed: Android Other OSes: None

If simple and frill-free expense tracking is what you need, Hello Expense is just the app for you.

Hello ExpenseClick to view larger image.

The free Android utility makes it easy to store expense info on the go. When you open the application, you're greeted with a plain black-and-white form with a small handful of fields: the date, the expense category, the expense amount and any memo or tags you wish to add.

A button at the bottom of the screen lets you view your collected expenses by category, day, week, month or year. The Settings menu (accessible via the overflow menu) includes the option to export your records as a CSV or Quicken file to either your device's storage or email. (The latter option actually allows you to send the data to any sharing-capable application on your device.)

The only heavy lifting involved with Hello Expense is a one-time initial setup: The app doesn't have any preset categories or tags, so you'll need to take a few minutes to create your own lists of terms before you begin.

If you need advanced functions like chart generation, receipt capturing or multiple account support, you'll want something more robust than Hello Expense. But if quick, basic recording and exporting is all that's on your agenda, Hello Expense's simplicity is an asset you're bound to cherish.

--JR Raphael


Free (ad-supported); $6.99 for Pro version (ad-free, additional features such as multiple account management and the ability to create recurring transactions) OS reviewed: Android Other OSes: None


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