Looking for a Free Personal Finance App? Here Are 4

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Personal finance apps range from couponing to budgeting to investing. You use your phone every day, but how many apps do you have related to money?  Time magazine estimates that 60% of cell phone users don’t go longer than an hour without checking their phones. Why not put all of that phone usage to good use and improve your financial situation. Looking for a free personal finance app? Here are four you can download that have been tried and tested.

Rakuten (formerly Ebates) 

Rakuten is a couponing app. Click the link for the store you want through the website, the browser add-on, or the app, and you can get cashback on your purchase. You can also link your favorite stores to your cards and save in-store. I have been using Rakuten for a few years now and have earned $110.98. I’ve used it to purchase hosting plans for websites and order flowers for Mother’s Day. However, I probably make the majority of my cashback from travel purchases. I would earn more if I weren’t actively reducing my spending. If you’ve reached the minimum of $5.00, Rakuten will send you cash back quarterly via PayPal or a check. You generally can’t use it with other coupon codes, but you can use it with rewards cards to maximize your savings and cashback. You will receive $10.00 when you sign up.

Acorns

Acorns is an investment app that rounds your transactions to the nearest dollar and invests the change into ETFs. You can set up recurring deposits and one-time deposits in addition to your rounded deposits. You can connect your debit or credit cards for Acorns to review and it only takes a few minutes. The app is free to download and offers three-tiered pricing at $1.00, $2.00, and $3.00 per month. Acorns also allows you to earn “Found Money” on transactions with specific advertisers. If you need to, you can withdraw funds without a penalty. Acorns also has a very informative blog that discusses different personal finance topics such as debt, mortgages, and retirement.

Digit

Digit is a savings app that will review your account and transactions to see where you have available funds. Digit will then transfer those funds to a savings account automatically. You won’t include your routing or account number since this account is separate from your existing accounts, and is specific to Digit. Digit is $2.99 per month, and there are no penalties or limitations for withdrawing funds from your savings account right from the app. You can set goals that the app will track and send you updates. It’s very easy to use and makes saving painless.

Robinhood

Robinhood is an investing app for those that are more comfortable with investing on their own but is still accessible for new investors. You can buy and sell stocks, funds, cryptocurrency, and options with no transaction fees, commissions, or account minimums. There is a “Gold” option that costs $5.00 per month, but I don’t encourage you to use it unless you understand margin trading. Robinhood is steadily adding more equities to invest and trade so it may replace your regular brokerage accounts. My favorite perk of using Robinhood is that you can earn free stock just for signing up. One of my friends earned a share of Apple stock when he signed up.

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