Noshin Rahman is currently a first-year psychology student at Carleton University and has an intense passion for the social sciences. She loves to read, and blog book reviews and anything personal finance related. She enjoys spending her time wandering around the book shelves in libraries and drinking coffee on rainy days.

With OSAP, student lines of credit, and credit cards added on top of your bank accounts at the beginning of the school year, managing money can become a very scary and stressful activity. If you’re a student like me, you’ve probably cried at the money in your bank account slowly disappearing.

Don’t worry, I’ve been there too once.

That’s why I rely on budgeting apps to keep track of my expenses for me (and occasionally yell at me when I spend too much).

Money Lover

Money Lover is more of an all-round money managing app rather than a budgeting app. It can keep track of multiple bank accounts separately, track expenses, income, make multiple budgets, and more features.

Tracking Expenses

Money Lover App Purchases Screenshot

Money Lover is incredibly user friendly. It doesn’t link to your bank account, which means a little bit more work for the user. The benefit of doing it this way is that it forces you to check into the app every day to actually see what your expenses are. And, it removes the risk of anyone accessing your money by hacking into the app, or violating any contracts with your bank since you don’t have to share your bank information with the app.

Tracking expenses is very easy, all you do is click the plus sign, input the amount you spent and then choose a category. The same rules apply to tracking your income.

Budgeting

Money Lover App Budgets Screenshot

Money Lover can keep track of multiple budgets at once, and you can set a budget to start tracking from a certain date. Personally, I like to make monthly budgets. You can make your budget last as long as you want on Money Lover. Just enter the maximum amount you are willing to spend for that budget. The amount on the right of each budget shows how much money you have left to spend for that budget. Money Lover will occasionally send you notifications when you reach certain points of your budgets, and then scold you when you overspend.

You can only have one budget at a time on the free version, to access all the features you just have to pay $5 once and then you’ll have full access to all the features.

Other Features

Money Lover App Trends Screenshot

Some other features are:

  • Remind you of upcoming bills
  • Cloud-syncing with other devices
  • Debt and loan manager
  • Export expenses to Excel or CSV
  • Travel mode and event feature to track your expenses separately during vacation
  • Currency converter
  • Receipt scanner
  • Create a savings goal
  • Share wallet: allows you to share your Money Lover account with family so you can keep track of each others’ spending habits
    Interest calculator
  • Upcoming feature: Soon, Money Lover will be able to automatically input your expenses if you get SMS banking enabled through your bank, no sharing of any bank information is required.

This post was originally published in December, 2016 at happywalletfinance.blogspot.ca