MONEY TALKS

These tech tools can help you mas­ter your per­sonal fi­nances.

Canadian Living - - Contents - TEXT SCOTT HAN­NAH

Tech tools to help you mas­ter your fi­nances

Re­mem­ber cheque­books? Think back to the days when we used to carry them around to make ev­ery­day pur­chases and spend Sun­day nights bal­anc­ing them. That lit­tle book helped us stay or­ga­nized and on bud­get. But that’s all changed in this dig­i­tal age. We’re now more likely to tap a card, log on­line or use our smart­phone to spend and man­age money. Tech­nol­ogy makes trans­ac­tions faster and sim­pler, and the beauty is that we can do it while we wait for our friend to ar­rive at the cof­fee shop.

But be­fore we share to­day’s top tech tools for all things fi­nance, we want to re­mind you that these won’t fix bad money habits. What­ever apps you down­load, it’s cru­cial to un­der­stand needs ver­sus wants, bud­get, track ex­penses, plan for ir­reg­u­lar and sea­sonal costs, cre­ate a rainy-day fund and build sav­ings for goals. Tech tools just make log­ging it a lot more con­ve­nient. Here are some of our favourites.

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