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As the sole proprietor of a small business, one of the things I struggle most with is money management. It’s not that I’m bad with money; it’s that my income flow is erratic and hard to keep up with. I’ve tried using Mint, but I find that it spends too much time asking me to volunteer my banking information, and not enough time letting me live my life like I normally would. Its focus on budgets isn’t very manageable.

When I set out to try Dollarbird, it looked like it handled everything I needed for my basic needs. It makes me aware of how much I’m spending and allows me to monitor my cashflow, all without presuming it knows more than I do about my finances. Let’s take a deep dive into the app and see if it could work as well for you.

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I’m someone who tries to be paperfree. I strive for the paperless office, I manage my finances online, and I always choose to receive my statements by email. But I always seem to end up surrounded by little slips of paper, especially receipts. There doesn’t seem to be a way to get around keeping receipts, especially if you think you may need to return a purchase, itemize deductions on your taxes at the end of the year, or keep track of your cash spent.

The folks over at OneReceipt stepped in to help us out with all that paper. OneReceipt aims to make it simple to document and track online and offline purchases and keep them close at hand. By allowing you to photograph your receipts and manage them right from your phone, this app is looking to replace your pocketful of paper. (more…)

It seems as though payment-revolutionary Square has been quite busy these last few weeks. With a revamp of their web app, a new iPad app and now a Card Case replacement named Pay With Square for iPhone (and Android, I suppose), Square continues to innovate and change the way we do business.

If you weren’t already familiar, Card Case was Square’s first attempt at a mobile app that was designed to allow you to locate businesses utilizing their technology, gather information about them, and then pay via a tab system. While Card Case was great, Pay with Square is a huge update to the app, complete with new icon, interface and functionality. Let’s dig in and see what’s new. (more…)

If only there were a way to save all your receipts from getting washed, lost in your car or buried in the stacks of paper claiming most of the real estate on your desk — in a single, easily accessible place, right?

With the Lemon app — designed to complement the services of Lemon.com — you can scan all your receipts with your iPhone and store all their details online. Keep track of your spending, create expense reports and more. Want to see how it works? Hit the jump and I’ll show you.
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Whether you dump all your receipts in shoeboxes scattered around the house, or you’re so organized you have whole calendars dedicated to which bills are due when, Pageonce – Money & Bills could improve your life.

This app automatically tracks your cashflow and bills, as well as organizes all your finances in one place, so you can see your checking accounts, savings accounts, investments, credit cards and bills at a glance. Touting some impressive security measures, Pageonce is safe and easy to use. Click the More button below and I’ll show you some of its features. (more…)

When it comes to keeping track of my finances digitally, I feel like I’ve really tried it all. On my Mac, I’ve tried iBank, iFinance, Koku, Money and Moneywell; on my iPhone I’ve tried Expenditure, MoneyBook and Saver, not to mention Mint.com on the web and iPhone. I’ve been pretty displeased with all of them, nothing really seemed to fit with my lifestyle and habits.

Budget with Back in Black (referred to as Back in Black from here on out) is the latest in the crowded market of finance apps, and with its quick climb to the top of the App Store charts and the rave user reviews I read, I was cautiously hopeful that Back in Black would impress. Find out the results after the jump.

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There was a time back in primary school when my class had a math lesson that involved sticking to a budget as we went around the classroom ‘buying’ things with money that distinctively resembled Disney Dollars. That was the first and last time that I can remember finding the task of sticking to a budget and tracking expenses as being fun. That was until I came across the app, Toshl.

No longer will you need to hastily scribble your expenses on a crumpled piece of paper or try to mentally calculate how much of your holiday spending budget you have blown on drinks and tacky souvenirs. A few taps in the Toshl app and all will become clear, complete with a few nifty graphs thrown in for good measure. Whether you want to keep track of all your expenses or just a one off budget, such as your Christmas shopping, Toshl can be a real life (and hair) saver. Let’s take a look at Toshl’s main features, functionality and performance.

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