Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wally+ : A simple expense tracker

I have been using Wally+ for nearly a week now for almost all kind of expense tracking. I am out of Bangalore and that means that I am continuously spending more than I can save. While this is not necessarily bad, but it definitely is a cause for concern to me since not all that I spend can be reimbursed on my day job. I needed an app that would not only track what, where and why I spend but also at the same time would be non intrusive. This is exactly what Wally+ meets.

What I liked:

  • The app does not ask you to set up a bank account/Credit card number.
  • All the data that you enter is saved and synchronized to all the devices you are logged into. This allows you to restore your data in case you change your device.
  • The set up and account creation process is super simple and does not need too much of effort.
  • You can add incomes of different types, one time receipt and fixed recurring monthly income.
  • You can add debts in terms of credit card expenses and plan on how to pay the same off.
  • It is super easy to add the expense. Going by the Material Design principles, there is a hamburger icon that simplifies this process.

The app still being in Beta, several of these issues could be fixed. However, these have been my observations and are solely my opinions.

What I did not like:

  • While adding expenses, you need to quit the keyboard in order to see what other fields need to be populated. The app offers no way to scroll with the keyboard still open.
  • The app currently offers no reminders or notifications to enter the expenses. Ideally, it would have been nice to have the app remind you at a predefined time to enter your expenses. I have missed entering the expenses for the last few days and don't really recall them now.
  • The review screen is counter intuitive and needs quite some time getting used to it.
  • I would have preferred something like a passbook style history to know what my spends or incomes have been. Presently, this is not happening as expected.

All in all, Wally+ is a really nice app and is highly recommended. You can download and install the same from here and see how it helps you.

You can read more about Wally+ at