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Last updated: 21 November 2018


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Good budgeting software can help you keep track of your income and expenses. We review eight popular budgeting apps for Android and iPhone, as well as the apps from six of Australia's biggest banks to find which does the best job.

Our buying guide can introduce you to the basic features and concepts behind these apps, plus other expert insights. Or find out how we test budgeting apps.

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Our test covers iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android mobile devices.

Our expert testers give every app a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are the easiest to set up
  • are the most useful when you want to maintain a long-term budget
  • have the best manual data entry
  • can synchronise data between your bank account and the software/app.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which apps have all the specs you need, such as the right budgeting model, synchronisation security, the ability to generate financial reports and create savings goals. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which programs come out on top.

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    The price as of October 2018 for a whole year’s subscription. All apps tested had a free version available. Fudget Pro’s price varies depending on platform; price in table refers to iOS; Android version - $2.10.

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    You can sync your bank account with the program, so it automatically pulls in data, including income, expenses, regular bills and so on. This is the easiest approach to accurate budgeting, as the software handles most of the data entry for you. The caveat is that you have to entrust a third-party app with your bank account details. Bank sync is only available in some programs.


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      Android app available.


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        iOS app available (iPhone and iPad).

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          Web-based version of program, accessible via web-browser such as Firefox or Chrome, using username and password.

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            • Price
            • Subscription required
            • Free version available
            • Free trial period
            • Difference between free and paid versions
            • Android
            • iOS
            • Web browser
            • Windows
            • macOS
            • Security PIN
            • Data import supported file types
            • Exports to CSV
            • Exports to PDF
            • Official banking app
            • Budgeting app
            • Sync to banks
            • Account aggregation service
            • Automatically recognise recurring transactions
            • Manually add recurring transactions
            • View scheduled transactions
            • Categorise transactions
            • Generates reports
            • Displays trends
            • Displays forecast
            • Spending graphs
            • Set savings goals
            • Attach images to transactions
            • Flag transactions for tax

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