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Home Budget - Anishu

HomeBudget iPhone App Review.

From Anishu came HomeBudget, a must-have app for both personal and family use, to keep track and control expenses, helping you budget accordingly. This iPhone app is fully integrated with your bank accounts, so you're always on top of what you have versus what you spend.

With the app supporting accurate tracking of both expenses and income, HomeBudget is a more complex app that meets the eye. You're dealing with more screens than usual, and a rather hefty configuration, but once you get the hang of it, it's all a matter of getting used to logging every expense you have, so that the app can calculate it and take it into account for the reports.

At its core, the app is designed with 5 basic screens that are always accessible from the bottom task bar: Reports, Expense, Budget, Income and Settings. In the Reports screen, HomeBudget will show you various charts and trends for the past six months. You can also export data by email or via WiFi.

The Expense screen is used for adding and deleting expenses as they happen. There you can also browse through your monthly expenses. As you enter expenses, you can choose to switch to the Reports screen to see instant changes. One important thing to note is the possibility to split your multi-month payments across multiple months, and also set it as recurring or non-recurring.

The Income screen is used for adding and deleting both recurring and non-recurring income. You will be using the income screen to track your income and compare it with your expenses. HomeBudget is designed to automatically generate recurring income on the day the income happens initially.

The Budget screen will let you create, edit and delete categories and subcategories, and then set the budgets for each. You can choose to set an initial budget in your Settings screen, more like a tentative guess at what you're likely to be spending over the next month, and as you get a grip on your actual expenses, you can start editing entries in the Budget screen.

And this is the app's basic layout and options, but it doesn't stop there. HomeBudget supports creating bank accounts (be it Checking, Savings, Credit or Debit), and then link expenses and income to them, for a more precise control over your actual account balance. Expenses will automatically reduce the account balance, while income will automatically increase it, so that you can easily track its balance.

HomeBudget also includes the ability to create, edit and delete Payees and track bills as they come in. Once you create a payee, you'll also be able to link certain expenses to them, and then track all payments made for that specific payee. With Bill Tracking, you enter your bills as they come in, and then see what is paid and what is not.

One important option the app lets you set is the classification of expenses into fixed, variable or discretionary. This will help HomeBudget to compute your disposable income and give you a helping hand with forward planning. Also, you can enable a Budget Rollover from the Settings screen, and HomeBudget will automatically carry over to the next month any unspent or overspent amount.

All this important and private information can be protected by a password, also available from the Settings screen. Other options include setting a default currency, deleting income and expense entries after a set number of months, and even upload receipt images and associate them with certain expenses. Editing and creating categories for Expenses and Budget also comes with the possibility to upload your own icons to distinguish between them.

As I've said, we're dealing with a rather complex app. It has a lot of links from within that need to be set, expenses to be associated to payees, bank accounts, and receipts, and a complex budget categorization. It is by far the most complex app we've seen so far, and a real must-have for any independent and even small families that want to keep a handle on their budgets and need a helping hand with expense planning.

The app is available for download in a lite version, which is limited to 10 expense entries and 5 income entries, but is free to try out. Buying the full version will give you all the options and unlimited entries, and, at $4.99 is really a steal.

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HomeBudget

Developer: Anishu
Category: Finance
Updated: November 18th, 2009
Price: $4.99
Our Rating

4 / 5

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  • emma

    Hi, I've added a load of information into the budget section of the app but have decided I don't want them there. How do I remove it as there is no delete button? I don't want to delete the app or erase the rest of information inputted however I don't want to set budgets. Please help.

  • Robert

    Nice app but having trouble finding out which banks are actually supported for downloading statements etc. Many banks are listed but not actually up and running for downloads.

  • Kirstenmike

    As said in the review - it takes a little to learn it, but once you do it is amazing. To help you learn it go to http://www.anishu.com/ and you can view the manual in PDF format, as well as frequently asked questions and some other helpful stuff. I decided on this app because it was the only one that had support after you purchace and guides to help you through. I made the right choice, because I love it!

  • Ravindra Joisa

    I have been using for some time now... but, this application just crashes in iOS4 + :(

  • Great I-Phone app. but could use some simple instruction.

  • I'm loving this application. It's a boon for me now that I'm trying to transition from a normal rote dayjob to my life as an Internet entrepeneur. This transition stage is a little tough financially so it's essential to have a good financial planner. The only thing I miss is a way to set up downpayments on loans/credit cards with interest calculation and so on. I'm going to request that from the developers.

    Still - five stars easily.

    Eivind F S
    Portapad UK LTD

  • Shinobi_Z

    I've been using this app and just googled to see if i could get that exact functionality (Interest calculation) 
    anyway despite that, an awesome app

  • Glennfrancis

    It's good but crashes a lot on ipad3

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