By Austin Sarner
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Keep track of where you're spending your money — the easy way!
With just two taps, you can enter your monthly budget and begin tracking your expenses immediately. Pennies features a beautifully designed and extremely simple interface that allows you to record purchases in seconds. You can then view your daily receipts or head to the Overview to find out how you are doing so far this month, along with your top expenses and other stats.
Save money, be mindful of your spending, and have fun doing it.
-Simple, attractive interface
-Recording a purchase takes seconds
-Browse by top expense categories
-Built in expenses categories
-See how you are doing on your budget
-Store every transaction you make
Supports $, £ and €, as well as some other currencies. Support for currencies with 2 or more characters in their code will be available in a 1.0.1 update shortly.
What's New in Version 1.1.3
Resolved issues with French and German localizations
Not bad but needs some updates.
This is one of my favorite apps. It's easy to use and very helpful to those trying to budget. In my case, I wanted to see where most of my money went. I am a compulsive spender and don't think twice as to where I spend.
One of the biggest disappointments is when you go back to review. Everything works the same but when you try to see the summary (the one with the gage) it won't let you.
The other one is that you can't go back to a particular date. If I miss putting something in today, I can't go back and put it tomorrow. It really throws things off, especially if it's the end of the month.
Last two are easy fixes, the ability to create your own catigories and the export feature button the doesn't work.
I've use this for two almost three years and will love to see these issues added on. Come to think about it, why not add an export button that give you a yearly summury. Something that says; you had a budget input of $xxxxx from june to December and spent $xxxx on these catigories. That would be cool.
Abandoned, but usable
This app has been abandoned by the developer, so some longstanding bugs will never be fixed. This app is not sufficient to keep track of expenses for business, but for personal "gas meter" type usage, it's the most usable app I've found.
The month does not roll over until you add an expense for a new month. So, even though it's the 1st of the month, your meter will appear close to empty until you put in an expense.
There's no way to edit old expenses.
It calculates daily averages based only on days where it has an entry, so it appears unusually high if you ho several days without expenses.
The export to spreadsheet function is unuseable.
The only things Pennies really has going for it are the quick expense entries - faster than any other app I've tried - and the meter. It works just fine for my purposes, which is just keeping track of my food/toys/books spending so I don't break my budget with my magic plastic card. It doesn't do much else, which makes the app streamlined for my use, but underpowered for most other uses.
the best at what it does
The scope of Pennies is rather small for a $3 app, only allowing you to track spending and not earnings, debts, or scheduled payments. However, as far as tracking expenses goes, Pennies is the best at what it does, providing a dead-simple and beautiful interface for quickly punching in an expenditure on the go. It actually becomes fun to keep track of my spending... the minimal clicks to enter each transaction was a big selling point for me as a distractable ADHD kid. My only wish was that there be a desktop app which might allow for more complicated management, such as editing past expenses, multiple accounts, etc. I would totally shell out for that... but at the moment it seems only Cha-Ching fills that need. Keep up the great work!