Increasingly, there is no excuse for not managing your money, because . . . there’s an app for that.
Here’s a look at a few new tech tools.
- Your new BFF: CouponCabin, which provides online coupons and cashback offers, just launched Sidekick, a free browser plugin that automatically alerts you of savings for everyday items and sends cashback directly to your mailbox or Paypal account. Sidekick works by recognizing guaranteed savings at more than 3,000 e-retailers. When a savings is spotted, a button appears in the browser window. Clicking the button sets the discount in motion. You get access to coupon codes and cashback savings. Sidekick is compatible with Mac and PC with many browsers, including Safari and Firefox.
- Quick and easy budgeting: The Zebit Instant Budget app simplifies budgeting. Create a customized budget by answering a few questions. You don’t even need to enter expenses. Your budget is based on your income, where you live, and the number of people in your household. The app provides personal budgeting tips, compares your finances with your neighbors, helps you set savings goals and then tracks what money is being contributed to them. Download free at iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.
- No more late fees! If you’ve kicked yourself one too many times for forgetting to pay bills, Plastiq tells you when bills are due. Take pictures of your bills, add them to the app’s calendar, where you’ll then be reminded on the selected day that it’s time to pay your bill through push notifications. Pay bills through the app with a credit or debit card. A bonus — it keeps your payment history on the app. Download free at iTunes.