Budgeting and finance apps are something I enjoy playing with but rarely end up using. Usually the time it takes to enter all of my expenses and organize them isn’t enough to convince me to embrace the benefits the app has to offer.
However, I’m giving aFinance a shot. Designed by Albax Finance, aFinance is a graph-lover’s dream. The design of this app is beautiful – clear and colorful without appearing kiddy-like. When you open the app to the Money Input page, you can enter a bill amount, comments, a date, and a category. The categories (which fall under either Expenses or Income) are highly customizable. Each existing category has an icon, or you can tap New Category, choose from one of dozens of icons, and enter a new category name. You can also make this a subcategory by choosing an existing parent category to file it under.
Once you have all of your info entered, tap the list icon at the top right to see what is due by day, week or month. You’ll also see a mini-graph showing how much you spent versus how much you earned in that time period. Tap Graphs at the bottom to view aFinance’s great graph representations of your budget.
There are two pic charts – Expenses and Income – and two bar graphs – Planner and Expenses/Income. Each one is easy to read, and you can easily flip back and forth between viewing by month, year or overall. Another very cool feature; you can flip the graph by tapping the icon in the top right, then check or uncheck certain categories. For example, in your Expenses graph you might uncheck everything but groceries and restaurants so the graph will display only the money you are spending on food.
It’s easy to back up all of your info as well. Just tap Settings and choose Export via email. You can email all of the data you have entered to yourself saved as CSV files. If you’re interested in a budget app that allows you to keep track of your nickels and dimes without a ton of hassle, aFinance is an excellent choice.
aFinance requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer in order to speed up the publication of this review.