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5 Awesome personal finance apps

Use your smartphone to manage your money

From SheKnows Canada
Say goodbye to the days of managing your money with a notebook and sorting through shoeboxes full of receipts, bank statements and investment updates. Here are five user-friendly apps to help with your banking, track your spending and accomplish other personal finance tasks, all at the touch of your fingertips.

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Back in Black

Take control of your personal finances one month at a time with the Back in Black app that boils your finances down to the essentials: how much money you earn and spend every month and where your money is going. Take stock of your income and fixed expenses, set goals and categorize spending using this personal budget app. Other features include a quick view of previous months' spending histories, reminder alerts as well as backup features to ensure your records stay safe and can be easily restored.

Mint.com

If you're not a fan of manually entering all your debits and credits, the popular app Mint is the answer to your laissez-faire budgeting style. Sync your bank accounts to this app (not to worry, it's encrypted and password protected), and you'll have a nifty tool to track your spending, stay on budget and manage all your finances wherever you are. Your information is automatically pulled from your accounts, and transactions are categorized accordingly, so you're not required to enter everything manually. Real-time alerts can also be set to warn you if you're over budget.

ATM Hunter

A handy app to have when travelling or even when you're out and about in your hometown, the ATM Hunter app automatically locates the MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus ATM machine nearest to your current location. You can search for drive-through ATMs or for the machines at major airports around the world too.

Canadian Mortgage

Saving up for your first home? Use the helpful Canadian Mortgage app to determine the cost of a mortgage on a potential purchase. You can calculate monthly payments for different interest rates, payment frequencies and amortizations. It even calculates first-time buyer rebates and land transfer taxes across the country.

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OurGroceries

If you're one to forget your grocery list, scribbled on a piece of paper, every time you head out to shop for groceries, this is the app for you. Create a virtual list right on your smartphone with OurGroceries so you know exactly what you need to buy and can stay away from making impulse purchases. The best feature of all? You can share the list with others. So you and your partner can add items as you think of them, and updates will be done in real time, creating one consolidated list to make shopping a cinch.

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