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Budgeting apps to make your budget a success

As part of the 2023 DMK Budget Series, our editors put together a list popular apps available to make budgeting easy and successful.  Select an app that's easy to use, suited to your goals and with features that apply to your specific needs.  Many are free! 

What's included in this year's Budget Series?

The 2023 DMK Budget Series includes:

Are Budget and Savings Apps safe to use?

When choosing software or apps that require personal financial information, it's best to select the app that meets your desired comfort level based on the app's systems security and encryption measures.  Consider apps that have multiple reviews and recommendations from reputable sources, along with indicators available on their site or app information that specify they have security protocol designed to keep your information safe in an effort to avoid risks of breeches and hacking.   When using savings or budget apps that link to your current bank account, know that occasionally some apps may have communication problems based on your banks encryption methods as well. 

When planning to use online/mobile app only banking alternatives, the bank should be FDIC Insured.  You should read the disclaimers so you understand the functionality of their online/mobile app - banking features, fees and limits.  You should also understand foreign ATM fees, over the counter and cash back fees and cooperating ATMs where you can withdraw your money with no fee.  

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Best Budget Apps List for 2023

1. Mint

A popular app that is known to be one of the most comprehensive FREE budget apps currently available


Cost - FREE but suggests offers for other services or apps that may have a cost

2. Albert

Set it up and forget about it.  This app has a built in automatic saver that makes it an all-in-one option for budgeting and saving


Cost - FREE for non-subscribers of the premium service called Albert Genius™ and an amount the users deems fair for the premium service with a minimum monthly fee of $4 (most subscribers pay $6)

3. Goodbudget

Simple and clear budget app that utilizes virtual envelopes to help users control their spending


Cost - Free plan includes 10 regular envelopes and 10 annual envelopes, Plus plan is $6/month or $50/year comes with unlimited envelopes and access to e-mail support

4. Clarity Money

Budget app that has recently been acquired by Marcus, a Goldman Sachs Brand.  Marcus offers no fee, fixed rate personal loans and high yield savings accounts


Cost - Free app at may undergo changes once integrated with Marcus


"You Need a Budget" is a debt management and budget app designed for those who are focused on immediate savings


Cost - $6.99 per month billed annually at $83.99 after a free 34-day trial 

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References: A portion of this article was created with information obtained from Forbes, "The Best Budgeting Apps of 2019", updated April 24, 2019, by: Kristin Stroller

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