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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.

MoneyWise combines a minimalist design with some powerful functionality. The app utilizes Google's Android 4.x design standards to create a clean and intuitive interface that's a true pleasure to use.

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Inputting expenses into MoneyWise is simple as can be: You fill in a description, select a category, add any tags you want and type in the amount. The process is refreshingly clear and uncluttered compared to some of other advanced expense-tracking apps, which tend to get a bit complex in their attempts to cram in features.

Make no mistake about it, though: MoneyWise can do plenty. The app has functions for generating charts and graphs; it can also track budgets and create regular backups on your device's storage. MoneyWise can export data in CSV or HTML formats; that data can then be sent via email or to any sharing-capable Android app.

--JR Raphael

ProOnGo Expense Tracker

30-day trial; after that, prices vary according to number of users, number of receipt scans and other factors. Individual subscriptions start at $28.70 a year while business subscriptions (which includes QuickBooks sync) start at $9/month. OS reviewed: iOS Other OSes: Android, BlackBerry

ProOnGo is very specifically a business app -- it allows small business owners to track both employees' expenses and clients' payments via a mobile app and a Web application.

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Each user categorizes her expenses into one of four types: regular, mileage, billable time and time expenses based on a calendar entry. Regular expenses can be entered manually or via a handy receipt scanner, which auto-extracts the vendor, date and total amount. Those handling large numbers of receipts will be glad to know that you can bulk upload receipts via email.

Mileage expenses can be added by GPS or entered manually via the odometer function. The reimbursement rate can easily be modified to be per mile or per kilometer, making it useful for travels abroad.

Each employee can also add payments made by clients. The amount paid needs to be entered manually, and you can add categories, type (e.g., business or personal), client name, payment method, items, classes, the date and a memo.

Based on the income and expense data, the app can generate bar, line and pie graphs, as well as create reports in Excel, CVS or XML. Syncing with either the Web or the desktop version of QuickBooks is similarly easy. Importing credit card transactions, however, will require that you log in at ProOnGo.com.

All in all, whether you are a manager tracking the expenses of your employees, or an employee whose expenses need to be approved, this app will help you do so quickly and easily.

 

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