Track Your Expenses with Budget for Android

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 31, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Keeping track of your expenses is the first step to minimizing them, and Budget with envelopes (or just Budget) can help you with that with a minimum of fuss. This open source app is simplicity itself, which is a positively good thing: an expense app that requires you to go through a convoluted procedure of adding an expense every time you buy a cup of coffee is not of much use after all.

Clever design is another highlight of Budget. The app is based around an envelope metaphor, where each envelope represents an expense type (Books, Food, Travel, etc.). You can create as many envelopes as you need, and then add funds to them and subtract expenses. This simple idea is implemented through a clean and lightweight interface which makes the app a pleasure to use. While Budget lacks the bells and whistles, it does allow you to export (and import) data, so you can view and analyze them in another application. Budget doesn't offer advanced functionality like the ability to generate reports or graphs, but you probably won't miss this anyway. All in all, Budget is yet another fine example of a one-trick pony app that does one thing exceptionally well. If you are looking for a no-frills expense tracking tool for Android, you could do much worse than giving Budget a try.

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