Best Budgeting Apps in 2024: Our Top 5

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A budgeting app can be very helpful whether you’re new to budgeting altogether or your current method just isn’t working for you.

In this article, I’ll take a close look at five of the best budgeting apps and websites that can help you take control of your money.

I’ve downloaded each of these apps and tried them out myself. I’ve also looked into their ratings, reviews, security and more to ensure they’re safe to use. 

This article was updated in November 2023 and I review it every year. Detailed notes on all updates can be found here.

5 of the Best Budgeting Apps for iPhone and Android

Finding a budgeting method that works for you is an important step toward achieving your financial goals. It’s important to keep track of your income, expenses and other purchases. While you can set up a budget on your own, there are plenty of budgeting apps available that can set one up for you and help you stick to it.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal budget or budgeting app that’s going to work for everyone. Instead, you’ll need to find something that makes the most sense for you. 

Previously, we’ve recommended Mint as one of the best free budgeting apps. Unfortunately, as of March 23, 2024, the Mint budgeting app will no longer be available. In the list below, I’ve included three excellent free alternatives to Mint as well as two comprehensive budgeting apps that require a paid subscription. 

If you’re looking for the best Mint alternative, consider Quicken Simplifi. While it does require a paid subscription, existing Mint users have reported a similar budgeting experience with even more features. Plus, you won’t see any advertisements. For a limited time, existing Mint customers can try Quicken Simplifi free for a year.

Here, you’ll find five of the best budgeting apps for 2024:

AppBest ForPriceApp Ratings
EmpowerInvestmentsFreeApp Store 4.7
Google Play 4.2
You Need a Budget (YNAB)Strict Budgeting$14.99/month or $99/year
34-day free trial
App Store 4.8
Google Play 4.7
PocketGuardAvoiding OverspendingFreeApp Store 4.7
Google Play 3.7
QuickenPremium featuresStarter: $41.88/year
Simplifi: $47.88/year
Deluxe: $59.88/year
Premier: $83.88/year
Home & Business: $119.88/year
App Store 4.1
Google Play 2.9
HoneydueCouplesFreeApp Store 4.5
Google Play 3.4

Below, you’ll find more detailed information on each budgeting tool including what features are available, what makes it secure and how to decide which one is best for you.



Best for tracking investments and net worth

If you’re focused mainly on your investments or you’re planning for retirement, Empower (Formerly Personal Capital) may be the best budgeting app for you. 

It’s completely free to download for iPhone or Android, and its financial planning tools are available for anyone to use. However, if you want to invest with Empower, you’ll need at least $100,000 to start. 

The free tools that you’ll find on the budgeting app include net worth tracking, a retirement planner, an investment/portfolio checkup feature, an investment fee analyzer, cash flow tracking and budgeting. If you invest through Empower, you’ll get additional features including tracking and help with college savings, insurance, home financing, stock options and more. 

When Team Clark tried out the Empower app, we found the following pros and cons.

Free financial planning tools. The large majority of Empower’s users aren’t paying customers. The firm’s free, visual and detailed financial planning tools are among the best you can find.Budgeting tool not the strongest. Empower’s financial planning tools deserve plenty of praise. However, its budgeting tool has gotten some criticism for not being as strong as others — and also because some of its features aren’t available on mobile.
Financial advisor services. The company’s advisors can help with retirement, estate and tax planning, refinancing and even getting a mortgage. In that way, Empower more closely resembles a full-service financial advisor.Relatively expensive management fee. Empower charges 0.89% per year for this premium service (not required to use the app’s free financial planning tools). That’s a good price compared to full-service financial advisors, but it’s expensive relative to other hybrid financial advisors (automated digital investing with access to human financial advice).
Monitoring/optimizing retirement investing. Empower’s free financial planning tools are good at guiding you toward your retirement goals by monitoring your progress. Its paid advisory services get you even more custom tips on how to optimize your retirement strategy.Reputation for frequent solicitation. Empower has a reputation for using your personal information to contact you to pitch its investing and financial advising products. And there are complaints from users that it targets high-worth folks more frequently.
Unusually customizable portfolios. Empower’s portfolio options are much more customizable than the average robo-advisor and even the average hybrid financial advisor. Customers can even invest in individual stocks and bonds at certain investment levels.Significant minimum deposit. You’ll need to invest at least $100,000 in order to become a customer (not required to use the app’s free financial planning tools). You’ll need to increase that number to $200,000 and then to $1 million to unlock significant features.

If you’re interested in free financial planning tools that will help you work toward retirement, Empower can be a great choice. To learn more about the app, check out our full review.


Best for creating a strict budget

You Need a Budget (YNAB) is a budgeting app that stands apart from competitors because of its proactive system. 

YNAB’s approach to budgeting requires you to be forward-thinking and intentional about every dollar. In this way, you’ll be able to take total control of your finances.

You can link your bank accounts and/or track your earnings, bills and transactions manually. Either way, as soon as you’ve earned a dollar, YNAB will ask you to assign it to a category: bills, savings, groceries, etc. This zero-based budgeting method paired with YNAB’s features is a great way to take control of your finances. 


Unfortunately, YNAB isn’t free. It costs $14.99/month or $99/year, but you can try it out for free for 34 days before committing to a subscription. 

When I downloaded the YNAB app for iPhone and tried it out myself, I found the following benefits and drawbacks. 

Active Approach: YNAB makes you designate each dollar to a budget category before you spend a dime. This forward-thinking approach helps you take control of your finances. Price: While the first 34 days are free, YNAB costs $14.99 monthly or $99 annually afterward. Competing personal finance apps, like Empower, are free.
Personalization: YNAB provides a budget with suggested categories, but you can edit them, delete them, reorder them and add new categories that make sense for your life. You can also create categories for cash spending, savings goals and accidental overspending.Usability: The YNAB interface is a little overwhelming at first, and the system takes a while to learn. Still, there are helpful videos and articles on the website to help you get started. If this budgeting method works for you, it could be worth the time it takes to learn the system.
Easy Tracking: You can link your accounts to have your transactions automatically imported. You can also enter your transactions manually. Either way, the app makes it easy to keep track of how much you have available in each category.Limited Features: YNAB doesn’t have as many features as some of the competing free apps. There are no bill payment alerts, and you can’t track your investments. Instead, the app focuses solely on budgeting.

If you’re willing to pay for a budgeting app in order to take control of your finances, read our full review of YNAB.


Best budgeting app for avoiding overspending

PocketGuard is another great free budgeting app to try out if you struggle with overspending or meeting financial goals. 

Its goal is to get you spending less than you earn, so it clearly displays how much money you have available to spend once you’ve set aside enough for bills, savings goals and other budgeted categories. As you spend money, you’ll get alerts to keep you under budget. The app also provides monthly insights on how you’re spending which could help you find areas for improvement.

You can link your bank accounts and PocketGuard will automatically determine a basic, customizable budget for you. You can also manually enter cash transactions. 

It’s free to download the PocketGuard app and to create an account. There’s an optional subscription available for premium features that costs $12.99/month or $74.99/year. Still, the free version of the app has everything you’ll need to start watching your spending. 

When I downloaded PocketGuard and tried it out myself, here were my favorite and least favorite features of the app:

Easy Tracking: You can link your accounts to have your transactions automatically imported. You can also edit transactions and create a cash account to enter transactions manually. The app makes it easy to keep track of how much you have available no matter how you spend.Limited Features: The free version of PocketGuard allows users to set one savings goal and two budget categories. Also, the free version tracks your spending only for the most recent three months.
Automatic Savings: With the free version of PocketGuard, you can set one savings goal in addition to your budget categories. You can also have your monthly savings contribution automatically deposited to a PocketGuard savings account that’s FDIC-insured. Otherwise, the app will track your savings contributions in your own bank account and deduct the total from your “In My Pocket” money each month.Discrepancies: The amount of money you’ll see listed as available likely won’t match the amount you have in your bank accounts. That’s because this total is based on your budget and estimated income/bills as opposed to your actual available amount. For this reason, your “In My Pocket” money may be negative when you have money in your account. Also, you’ll have to check to make sure transactions are correctly categorized.
Avoid Overspending: After you set up the app, you’ll easily be able to see how much money you have left to spend. You can also set up alerts for your budget categories to let you know when you’re getting close to overspending.Initial Setup: While the app is really simple to use once you have your income, bills and budget set up, getting to this point can take time and patience. Linking all of your accounts, recategorizing recent transactions and setting up an in-app budget that works for you can be tedious.

If you’re thinking about downloading PocketGuard, here are five things to know about the budgeting app.



Best for premium features

Quicken is another popular budgeting tool that offers five different products including apps for both iPhone and Android devices. However, none of Quicken’s products are free. 

In this table, you’ll see each of Quicken’s products, what each is best for, how much it costs for the first year’s subscription, how much it costs each year afterward and which platforms the product is compatible with. 

ProgramBest ForNew Member Price (Billed Annually)Regular Price (Billed Annually)Platforms
Simplifi by QuickenManaging your personal finances in a few minutes each week$24$47.88Mobile & Web App
Quicken StarterOrganize your basic finances with a simple monthly budget$41.88$41.88Desktop App (Windows and Mac)
Quicken DeluxeManaging your personal finances and investments$30$59.88Desktop App (Windows and Mac)
Quicken PremierMaximizing your personal finances and investments$42$83.88Desktop App (Windows and Mac)
Quicken Home & BusinessManaging home, business and rentals$60$119.88Desktop App (Windows Only)

If you’re looking for a user-friendly Quicken mobile app for your iPhone or Android phone, I do recommend looking into Simplifi. While the other four products do sync with a Quicken mobile companion app for iOS or Android, you won’t have access to all the same features as you’ll have on the desktop app.

Plus, existing Mint users have reported great experiences when switching to Quicken Simplifi. If you were a fan of the Mint budgeting app, Quicken Simplifi could be an excellent alternative. A member of the Community shared the following:

“I have been using Mint for years to keep up with spending and budgeting, so I was very disappointed when I heard they are merging with Credit Karma and I may lose the functionality I rely on.

“Last night I signed up for Quicken Simplifi, connected accounts, and started exploring. It basically has the same functions as Mint, and I actually think it will be easier to use for what I am needing. It is more user friendly in several ways I have discovered already. The cost is only $2.99 per month.”

For a limited time, existing Mint customers can try Quicken Simplifi free for a year.

One of the biggest differences in Quicken’s products is the approach to budgeting. According to Quicken’s website, Simplifi by Quicken automatically generates a personalized monthly spending plan based on your income, bills and remaining available money. Alternatively, Quicken’s other products use a traditional category-based budgeting method with set amounts for spending in each category. Still, each product is highly customizable.

For a more detailed look at the different features available with Simplifi by Quicken, Quicken Deluxe, Quicken Premier and Quicken Home & Business, check out this detailed product comparison.

If Quicken sounds like a budgeting tool that you would use, here are five things you should know before you get started. 


Best for budgeting with a partner


Watching your spending and meeting financial goals can be a challenge for anyone but especially if you budget with a partner. Honeydue is a free budgeting app that makes it a little easier.

You and your partner can both download the app and connect to share financial information like account balances and transactions. What’s great about Honeydue is that it can help create transparency between you and your partner when it comes to finances. Still, you have total control over what your partner can and cannot see. 

You can link your bank accounts to the app to see recent transactions in the “Activity” tab where you and your partner can comment and react like a Facebook feed. You can also use the “Chat” tab to send messages to your partner. 

Within the app, you and your partner can both check current balances, set a spending limit on budget categories, get reminders about upcoming bills and more. 

When I downloaded Honeydue and tried it out with my partner, here are the biggest benefits and drawbacks we found.

Designed for Partners. Honeydue is specifically designed for two people to use together. You can share balances and transactions, set goals together and chat about finances directly in the app.Accessibility. You can’t access your Honeydue account from a desktop browser: You have to download the app for iPhone or Android.
Price. Honeydue is completely free to download and use, plus it isn’t ad-supported. Instead, you can choose to send an optional “tip” up to $10 monthly if you enjoy the app. Set Up. Honeydue doesn’t automatically create a budget for you nor does it try to determine your income and bills based on recent transactions. Instead, you’ll have to sit down with your partner to set up your budget and create a plan you can stick to.
Bill Reminders. You can set up bill reminders in the app for you, your partner or both up to a week before a bill is due. You can also use the “Bills” tab to see upcoming payments on the calendar.Planning. While the app offers an intuitive budget section, there isn’t a clear way to set up a savings goal, and Honeydue doesn’t prompt you to assign your money before it’s spent. While it makes communication easy, you will have to plan out your monthly budget ahead of time for the best results.

If you think Honeydue sounds like a good fit for you and your partner, check out our full review of the free budgeting app.

Final Thoughts

No matter how you decide to budget your money, keeping track of your spending and expenses is a crucial step toward financial success. 

After researching each of these apps and trying them out myself, I found that PocketGuard is a great free budgeting app that automatically sets up a budget for you. But if you’re more focused on watching your investments or planning for retirement, Empower will likely be a better budgeting app for you. 

If you’re budgeting on your own and need an app to automatically set up a budget for you, check out PocketGuard. But if you’re budgeting with a partner, I recommend trying out Honeydue together. 

Finally, if you’re willing to pay for a personal finance tool that will help you get your spending under control, YNAB and Quicken are both great budgeting apps worth checking out. In fact, former Mint users have shared positive experiences switching to Quicken Simplifi.


If you still aren’t sure which one is best for you, here’s a quick rundown of the features available with each budgeting app: 

Best forInvestmentsBudgetingAvoiding overspendingBudgeting with a partnerPremium features
Free to useYesNoYesYesNo
Track spendingYesYesYesYesYes
Monthly budget plannerYesYesYesYesYes
Bill payment alertsYesNoYesYesYes
Free credit scoreNoNoNoNoYes
Retirement plannerYesNoNoNoYes
Investment trackingYesNoNoNoYes

Do you use a budgeting app to manage your money? Tell us which one in the community!

Article Updates
  • November 20, 2023: Removed Mint as a recommended budgeting app as it’s shutting down in 2024.
  • November 20, 2023: Added Quicken Simplifi’s limited-time offer for new customers.
  • November 20, 2023: Verified app features and pricing; updated current average app ratings.