You have already made a sound and wise financial decision by choosing a coach holiday and you can make your cash go even further by carefully budgeting and monitoring the amount you spend while you are away.
The smartphone is fast becoming ubiquitous and there are a large number of apps available to download that can help you quickly and easily manage your finances. Many of these apps are ideal for setting a holiday budget and monitoring your spending while you relax. Here are five of the most popular budgeting apps currently on the market.
Brought to you by Mint.com and also available for home computers, Mint is an iPhone app that lets you link together all of your personal finances. With Mint you can monitor your spending trends and create a budget for a specific task. It’s ideal for planning your holiday spending. Best of all, it is free.
YNAB, which is short for ‘You Need a Budget’, is specifically dedicated to helping you to draw up a budget for a particular task or event and then to easily manage it. YNAB benefits from an attractive interface and is extremely user-friendly. It is easy to read and the attractive and colourful charts it uses to display financial information mean that you can easily keep a close eye on your holiday spending.
Another iPhone app, PocketMoney has been around for a while. It’s not free, but it is easy to use and makes it simple for you to create a detailed budget with limits in specific areas (such as museum visits and coffees, for example). If you do find you go over your holiday budget, PocketMoney lets you transfer funds between your various bank accounts.
The strength of iReconcile lies in its simplicity. You simply enter a figure such as your bank balance (or maximum holiday budget) and every time you spend money you also enter the transaction into the app. It will give you a running balance at a glance, helping you to decide whether or not you can afford to splurge on that expensive meal.
With its clean and tidy display and super-quick transaction-logging system, Piggie is another app that is ideal for keeping track of your holiday finances. As with all of these apps, if your coach holiday takes you abroad you can of course set the currency to whatever is used in the country you are visiting.
Saver has an incredibly quick and simple method for adding new transactions, letting you add up your spending on the move with no effort at all. Even better, you can sort your outgoings into different categories and Saver will display them as a colourful pie chart.
These are just a few of the many budgeting and finance apps that are available on the market today, many of them free or very reasonably priced. So the next time you visit http://www.coachholidays.com/destination_amsterdam.phtml to plan and book your coach holiday, why not download one and make sure you are completely in control of your own money?