Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash this summer? Join the crowd! Millions across the United States are looking to supplement their income for a variety of reasons – from funding vacations, to paying off loans or just trying to save for the future. Whether you’re working full time or not at all, here are some simple and effective ways to help fatten your wallet for the next three months and beyond!
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I have handpicked some of the apps in the Finance category that you should definitely try on your iPhone/iPad or even Android devices. These apps are selected based on the features they offer and are the best in this category for what they do for you.
With these apps, you can manage your financial budget, stocks and investments. When the time comes to answer Uncle Sam, get answers to your tax-related questions.
Without further ado, below are some of the essential apps for your financial well-being:
1. Keep track of your finances
When it comes to relying on a third party service to manage my finances, there’s only one app I trust and that is Mint. (Mint is an Intuit company, which was acquired in 2010).
Mint helps you manage your finance online FREE of cost securely and conveniently. Once you set up your bank, credit card and other accounts within Mint, it automatically downloads all your transactions for every account.
After that, it keeps track of your transactions and offers you great insight into your personal finances. Once you start using Mint, I am confident to say that you won’t need a Chartered Accountant to look after your money.
To make it even more convenient, Mint offers apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices so that you can manage your money even on the go.
Note: Mint only supports U.S.-based banking institutions.
Mint sends you email alerts if anything happens in any of your managed accounts like salary credited, high deposit or withdrawal amounts, finance charges etc. You can also customize the alerts you want to receive from Mint.
2. Send and receive money on the go
Mint doesn’t allow you to transfer money to anyone using Mint. What if you have to pay someone on the go and say you forgot your checkbook at home? You can use the PayPal app to give and receive money to and from your PayPal account.
3. Receive payment from anyone with a credit card using Square
All you have to do is download the free Square app on your iPhone/iPad or Android and fill out a small application. The team over at Squareup.com will review your application and then send you a free card reader.
As soon as your application is approved, you will receive the card reader in the mail. Just plug in the free card reader to the 3.5mm audio jack on your Android phone or iPhone/iPad and launch the Square app. Once the device is activated you are all set to accept payments from anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Try it out if you have a small business, charity, or even if you want to receive payment for any freelance work.
4. Be ready for Uncle Sam:
When it comes to Uncle Sam, everyone gets worried about tax season. Not every one of us is good at numbers and all that complicated jargon can make anyone crazy. Well, that’s why, Mr. Jobs used to say, “There is an app for that…!”
TaxCaster by TurboTax by Intuit helps you learn about all the things you don’t understand regarding your W2, deductions and other what-if scenarios. TaxCaster helps you understand where you stand before you even file your income tax return to Uncle Sam.
Download the apps from the following locations:
5. Keep an eye on Stocks
If you are into the stock market, you don’t want to miss any fluctuation in your stocks. So keep up with the market using SigFig app for iPhone and Android.
SigFig syncs with your investment accounts and tracks all of your stocks, funds, 401Ks, and IRAs in real-time, in one app. SigFig is also available for Windows 8.
Download the apps from the following locations:
Besides these apps, many banks also offer their own customized app for these devices, so you might wanna check out the apps from your bank and credit card companies like Chase, PNC, Wells Fargo, Discover, ING Direct, Bank of America, and Fidelity Investments etc…
What do you think?
I am sure if you are using these apps on your mobile devices, you will be in full control of your finances day and night. No need to worry about finance charges from your bank and credit card companies or missing a billing due date. And now that you have all those tax-related answers, you feel more comfortable about your tax return. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.