There are so many expenses that pop up on a daily basis, and it can be hard to keep track of them all. There are a number of expense trackers for your iPhone allowing you to record your expenses on the go. Others like Mint, PageOnce, and Lemon can access your various accounts, and populate your expenses automatically, but you do have to share your account details with them. Then there are the apps with manual entry of every transaction, and Next – Expense Tracking is one such app. What makes Next different, is that it makes it as easy as can be to enter your expenses.
Gone are the scrollable lists, forms to fill out, and menus to dive through. Instead, Next simply provides a square grid of various categories, and all you have to do is tap on one of the categories, and then enter the amount. That’s it, and the expense is recorded, applied to the category, and added to the full expense tracking. Next gives you what is in essence a home screen of category icons, and you can rearrange them for the most used to be at the top. The app also highlights the most used categories in blue to help you distinguish where your money is going.
Beyond the home screen, you can swipe right to bring up the full list of all your transactions, day by day. A swipe to the left brings up a cumulative bar graph based on week, month, or year broken down by each individual category. The cumulative screen is a very valuable resource to see how much you’re spending on gas, eating out, movies, and more. You can also view the trending graph to see if your expenditures in a particular category are rising or dropping. Everything about the app is easy to use with such a clutter free interface, and a very clean design. It’s definitely on the simple side since it’s about quick entry, so transaction details, budget integration, and other advanced features are lacking.
Next – Expense Tracking ($1.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad) makes it effortless to keep on top of your expenses while on the go making it worth picking up. Plus, the app was just update with iPad support.