Ever used your credit card to buy concert tix for a bunch of friends? Did they all promptly pay you back in full, or did you have to shake them down? A host of new apps are taking the pain out of what can potentially be an awkward social situation.
Have a loved one who spends most of their waking hours on their smartphone device? It’s not too late to give them a little something extra this holiday season – in the form of a great app. In fact, you can even wait until the special day that you are exchanging gifts to download the app with them and pay for it. Consider it your get out of jail free card if you’ve waited until the last minute to shop.
Our efforts to be responsible with our personal finances and the desire or need to shop often clash, so being frugal and educated when hitting the mall or grocery store is essential. That rings especially true these days, when everyone is about to or has just kicked off the holiday shopping season. Thankfully, a number of shopping apps for iPhone and Android phones seamlessly enhance your shopping experiences with price comparisons, targeted coupons, information, reviews, rewards, and more.
There are times when all you really need is a calculator to crunch the numbers. It just so happens that those times are usually when you’re out and about: eating, traveling, looking at homes, or at the car dealership and trying to make a decision on financing your next vehicle. We found the best FREE calculators for each of these scenarios for both Android and iPhone users.
Two years after the stock market crash of 2008, where do we stand? The recession, skyrocketing unemployment rate, and general fear around the stability of the U.S. and world’s economy has no doubt changed us. But to what extent? How has our savings, investment, and overall sentiment about our finances changed? Let’s take a look.
Since the iPad is still in its infant stages, the app store is relatively light on apps with a specific personal finance focus: most still focus on the gaming and reading niches. Still, we were recently able to find seven iPad apps that, if not directly related to personal finance management, at the very least help you find savings in everyday life situations and, as a result, manage your money more successfully.
Three Republican Senators joined 57 Democrats Thursday to get the necessary votes to pass the financial reform bill, soon to be known as the Dodd-Frank Act (in honor of its two originating supporters). It is now headed to President Obama for his signature.
In itself, Mint.com is a thorough budget calculator, looking at all of your actual expenses and income and giving you comparisons to allocated budget amounts. But sometimes you just want to run a few hypotheticals based on a potential income or expense increases or decreases as the result of a future event. Or maybe you just want to drill into a very specific situation. That’s where the 10 quick and easy budgeting calculators we’ve outlined below can come in handy.
The trouble at Wall Street royalty Goldman Sachs may have a huge impact on your finances – and not only if you happen to be a company shareholder. (And, as we’ll explain later, you may be a shareholder without realizing it.)