Five for Friday – Apps to keep your wallet happy.

Unless you’re one of the lucky few that never has to worry about money (in which case I question your motives for clicking on this article), you’re probably looking for ways to not only save money, but also spend money wisely. As such, a budget is often one of the most effective ways to go about doing so; that being said, however, it can be hard to create and stay within those budgetary constraints.

Budget apps can help make it easier, coming with built-in tools to help you calculate, automate, and maintain your budget. While these apps in no way guarantee it’ll work – that’s up to you – they may make life just a bit easier.

So, without further lecturing from your host, here’s our Five for Friday; AndroidGuys’ favorite apps for creating and maintaining your budget.

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Mint, by Intuit Inc

  • Add accounts from most major banks, credit unions, and credit card companies.
  • Built in budgeting based on the accounts you add.
  • Cash flow charts.
  • Optional Free Credit Score.
  • Bill Reminders.

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  • Dreams – listed goals to remind you what you’re saving for.
  • All-manual input; complete control over your budget.
  • Tags and categories to organize your expenses.
  • Built-In Tools, including Insurance quotes, bill-splitter, percentage calculator, etc.
  • Free 14 day trial – premium membership $25.00/year.

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 YNAB – You Need a Budget

  • Requires YNAB for Desktop
  • Utilizes DropBox for sync.
  • Sign in to most major banks and credit unions.
  • Massively in-depth budgeting.
  • 34 day free trial – $50/year or $5/month thereafter.

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Wallet, by BudgetBakers

  • Manual input.
  • Option to add personal debts, shopping lists, warranties, orders.
  • Optional Bank Integration.
  • Individual ($2/month, $16/year), Couple ($3/$22), or Family ($5/$44) premium accounts.

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Expense Manager, by Bishinews

  • Drive/DropBox Sync.
  • Ad-Supported.
  • Manual input, minimal bells and whistles.
  • $5.99 Premium Version, single purchase.
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