My Favorite/Best Apps
Take control of your finances & spending habits, improve your credit, make more money
|Extra||Improving Credit Score||$12/month|
|Brigit||Borrowing Money, Improving Credit Score, Tracking Finances/Budgets||Free or $9.99/month|
|Dave||Borrowing Money, Improving Credit Score, Tracking Finances/Budgets||Free or $1/month|
All the apps above give you plenty of tools to manage your money, whether you’re tracking your daily expenditures or progressing toward a savings goal. Each app has a unique approach, so you’re likely to find one designed to fit your organizational needs.
Several are free to use, and most are compatible with both Android and iOS phones. Unless otherwise noted, all of these platforms are available in mobile and web (or desktop) versions.
Extra app is great for serious investors who want a hand organizing their portfolios.
If you’re brand new to investing, Personal Capital helps you get started. The app is especially helpful for those who are managing multiple accounts.
- Extra tracks your net worth in real-time.
- Once you link your bank accounts, Extra sorts your spending into categories and tracks purchases to show your cash flow.
- Set spending goals, and Acorns money tracking dashboard will keep you on target.
- See all your accounts at once with a graph for each spending and earning category – loans, mortgages, real estate assets, retirement savings, etc. – to easily see growth and decline.
- If you link to your stock portfolio, Extra will help optimize your investments.
- You can monitor portfolios in multiple ways – by individual security, asset class, or account.
The cost: Extra app is free. For additional wealth management services, including a personal financial advisor, Extra charges modest fees based on the size of your portfolio.
Brigit serves as a one-stop digital money management app for iOS users (they hope to add Android and desktop accessibility later). Unifimoney can meet all of your financial needs including banking, investing, insurance, credit cards, loans, and mortgages. You can even invest in cryptocurrencies through Unifimoney.
- High-yield checking account with no monthly fees for accounts with a monthly deposit of at least $2,000.
- No-commission trades of stocks, ETFs, crypto, and precious metals directly from the app.
- Put your finances on autopilot with Autoinvest -invest at least $25 per month into your Unifimoney investment account.
- Free ATM transactions at more than 55,000 Allpoint ATM locations in the U.S.
- Cash back credit card can direct rewards toward your investment portfolio.
- Money Transfer Platform – ensuring that funds sent to your account will arrive the next working day.
The cost: Unifimoney is free for account holders with at least $2,000 in monthly deposits or who keep at least a $20,000 balance.
Learn more about Brigit.
Dave uses the “micro-investing” approach of setting aside small amounts to build into large investments.
Plus, it focuses on responsible investing by letting you pick companies with values that match yours.
- The app comes with a built-in “Stash Coach” to help you out.
- No minimum balance is required, but you’ll need $5 or more to start investing.
- Stash offers 30 different “investment themes” drawn from 40 different ETFs. These options range from global healthcare and clean energy to cybersecurity and blockchain technologies.
- You can open an IRA or a Roth IRA with a minimum $15 investment.
- Dave promo: Get $5 when you sign-up for a Dave account today!
The cost: Dave is free or $1/month for accounts
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For anyone stressed about investing or struggling to save money, Acorns does some of the organizing for you. It uses your spare change – your “acorns” – to grow large funds over time.
- Acorns links easily with your bank account and credit cards.
- As a “robo-advisor” Acorns picks your investments and manages your portfolio automatically.
- Acorns picks exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for you to invest in based on your financial stats and goals.
- The app takes spare change from your purchases with linked accounts/cards, rounds them up to the nearest dollar, and invests the difference in ETFs.
- There’s no minimum initial investment required.
- You can make one-time or recurring investments, whichever you choose.
- Once your portfolio grows you can opt to set up an IRA.
The cost: Acorns charges $1, $3, or $5 per month, depending on your subscription level.