Top 10 Australian apps to save money

Shirley Liu 19 January 2018

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Reinvent the way you save with the best money apps on the market.

If you're trying to get your finances under control, the tool to do this could be your mobile phone or your tablet. Here's our pick of 10 of the best money management apps on the market to help you get your money situation sorted.


1. Pocketbook Personal Finance Expense Tracker

This Australian-grown app syncs easily with your all your financial needs including bank accounts, credit cards and loans. Pocketbook categorises more than 80% of your transactions after it searches for your regular payments such as bills. Some more features include:

  • An activity feed updated with the latest insights on your money
  • Single view of your budgets, recent transactions, balances and upcoming bills.
  • Syncs with your Australian bank accounts, which means no manual entries needed.
  • Get upcoming bill reminders and track recurring payments.
  • Safely Spend tracks and limits your discretionary spend beyond your bills.
  • Weekly summary warns you about upcoming bills.

Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android


2. Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

The ATO app organises tax and super help so it's easy to access. This is a relevant app with useful tax and super tools for individuals, small businesses and super trustees. Use the app to:

  • Record all your expenses which may include work-related travel or family vacations using myDeductions.
  • Do a financial health check-up for your business with Business performance check.
  • Use the tax withheld calculator.
  • See the level of return you're getting.
  • Lookup an Australian business number (ABN).
  • Check out additional resources like videos and checklists to gain more insight to SMSF for trustees.

In order to use the online services, it's imperative that you link a myGov account to the ATO. Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android


3. TrackMySPEND by Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)Untitled design (2)

Track your personal expenses wherever you are with this app from MoneySmart. It gives you an easy-to-read download describing how you spend your money. It's particularly good for people who struggle with budgeting. Here are the features:

  • Control your spending by using the tracking bar to check your disposable income against your budget.
  • Set up a "favourites" module for your more habitual transactions.
  • View your expense history.
  • Backup all your financial information for free.
  • Export your financial information to CSV (Excel).
  • TrackMySPEND can be used interchangeably on any compatible device.

The money-saving app is designed to help you set and stick to a realistic spending goal. TrackMySPEND can help you save through the use of savings categories which help distinguish between "needs" and "wants".

Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android

4. SplitwiseUntitled design (3)

Splitwise is quite useful for people that have shared housing, like students living at uni. The app organises the household income and spending. It works out who has spent what and who owes you money. It's a handy tool for keeping track of debt and runaway spenders.

  • Keep track of apartment bills, group trips and random IOUs.
  • Everyone can log in, see their balances and add new expenses.
  • Get notifications with every update or just when important bills are due.
Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android

5. Australian Pay Calculator

Calculate your Australian income tax from your annual salary, or see how much that new job offer will really pay for. This app makes it easy to calculate how much tax you'll be paying from your wages in Australian dollars. It also includes provisions for the Medicare levy, Low Income Tax Offset, HECS/HELP and Super to be incorporated into your income. Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch - not available for Android.


6. My Currency Converter & Rates

My Currency converter is an app designed to help people work out currency conversions, with the ability to convert cryptocurrency as well. The app has the following features:

  • Real-time currency conversion.
  • Supports BitCoin, LiteCoin and Dogecoin.
  • Every major currency with over 150 countries available.
  • Refresh and save rates for offline mode when travelling.
Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch - not available for Android.

7. MoneyBrilliant

This personal finance app is designed for use on Macs and iOS devices. It has everything you need to get your finances under control. Here are some of the money-saving features of the app:

  • Connects all your financial accounts to understand how you spend your money and find opportunities to spend less
  • Automatically creates a budget based on your historical income and spending, and tracks and reports your progress
  • Automatically finds the cheapest gas and electricity deals based on your bills and energy usage data.

Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android


8. MoneyPad

If you're looking for an easy-to-use financial app to use on your iPhone or iPad, MoneyPad could be the one for you. Manage your income and track as many accounts as you want with this app. Check out some of the features:

  • Real-time statistics for spent vs remaining budget. Based on last month's budget, the rollover is automatically on the first day of the month.
  • Create, add notes and organise recurring events by expense, income and transfer.
Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - not available for Android

9. Acorns AU by Acorns Grow Australia Limited

Acorns AU encourages you to save and redirect loose change from everyday transactions into a portfolio that consists of a wide range of stocks. This is a good tool if you want to begin investing but don't know where to start or how to navigate the complex waters of investing. Here are some of the features:

  • Acorns makes it easy to invest regularly while optimising your investment through diversification. In other words, it gives you an automated system to help you follow good principles of investing.
  • This app protects your information, prevents unauthorised account access and notifies you of unusual activity.
Compatibility: Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android

10. Banking apps with savings features

Some banks also have mobile apps which offer features to help you track your budget, set savings goals and manage your finances with calculators and tools. Here are some of the banks with mobile apps that can help you get closer to your savings goals. Compare their rates and find how much you can save using the calculator below.

Rates last updated February 22nd, 2018
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$
months
Name Product Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned Product Description
Westpac Life
2.30%
1.50%
0.80%
$0
$0 / $0
Set up and track your savings goals with the Westpac banking app.
Commonwealth Bank GoalSaver Account
2.30%
0.01%
2.29%
$0
$250,000 / $0
Use the Savings Jar and Savings Challenge features to improve your saving habits with the CommBank app.
Regional Australia Bank Savings Booster Account
2.65%
0.00%
2.65%
$5
$1 / $0
Set up a savings goal and track your progress with the Regional Australia Bank app.
BDCU Alliance Bank Bonus Saver Account
1.90%
0.10%
1.80%
$0
$0 / $0
Access calculators and track the progress of your savings using the BDCU Alliance Bank app.

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