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4 Smart Money Apps You Should Know


It's an appy world! Whatever you're interests, be it cooking new and exotic foods, traveling distant lands or scoring deals on most everything, you can bet there's an app or two or three that appeals to your liking. I'm often checking to see what new tools are available that makes life just a little bit easier to manage. Following are a few of my favs in finance.

BillMinder for iPad
Life gets busy and things slip your mind. If you're anything like me due dates rank high on the list of things forgotten once or twice. I'd write due dates in my planner and not look in it for weeks; late fees ensued. Since using BillMinder a part of my bill paying ritual (that also includes tea, a comfy chair and daylight filtering in through a big bay window) forgetting due dates is no more. What I like most about BillMinder is the Automatic Weekend Due Date Adjustment. It moves bills falling on a weekend due date to the preceding Friday. I was hit with a late fee once when paying the balance on my credit card that was due on a Saturday. Problem was it wasn't credited until the next business day making my on-time payment actually late.

What Else You Need to Know
BillMinder is available for both iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to the iPad.

Cost: $2.99 for iPad, $1.99 for iPhone

DebtMinder
A partner app to Billminder, DebtMinder puts you in the driver's seat of your debt. Destination: a debt-free life! Using the snowball method, where you focus on eliminating the easier, smaller debts while paying the minimum on larger debts, you'll get at-a-glance views of your overall progress of your personalized payoff plan. The app has a passcode protection feature so no one can know the who and why of what you owe. Charts and reports makes it possible for you to see where your money is headed and where you could save. An app that offers a clear view of your outgoings, puts you on the road to debt-free living, and saves you money? I think yes!

What Else You Need to Know
If you like BillMinder or already have the app, link your account to DebtMinder.

Cost: $1.99 for iPhone and iPad

Coupon Cabin 
Being on-the-go just got easier with Coupon Cabin. This app saves you from ever having to cut or carry another coupon again. You'll swear off grandma-ish coupon holders forever after using the Coupon Camera for the first time. It allows you turn paper coupons into digital ones. And checkout is simple. Show the cashier the coupon image, scanner-friendly barcode, and your out! Coupon Cabin also keeps you up-to-date on freebies, and keeps you in-the-know on which of your local merchants has the deals of the day! What I like most about Coupon Cabin is its "My Loyalty Cards" feature that lets you sync the info of all the key tags weighing your key ring down. Coupon Cabin can be found on the Apple app Store for both iPhone and iPad as well as Goggle Play Store.

What Else You Need to Know
There's value in expired coupons through Coupon Cabin's "Coupons for Troops." Coupons work for troops and their families on military bases for six months after their expiration date, so don't ditch expired coupons. Help these families out!

Cost: FREE!

MyTaxRefund by Turbo Tax
MyTaxRefund let's you do exactly what it says: track where your tax refund is on a given day and gives you the best estimate on when you'll receive it. With reports of delays in receiving refunds this year, this can be especially convenient. Plus, it's quick and easy.

What Else You Need to Know
Do your taxes from anywhere with your whether your feet-up on the couch or in bed for the night with the Turbo Tax 2012 app available for iPad. It's the perfect companion to MyTaxRefund. MyTaxRefund is available for iPhone, iPad and Google Play Store.

Cost: FREE!



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