We do a lot of online and retail shopping on a regular basis. Given the kind of receipts that we get, as well as the quantity of them all, it’s hard to keep track of what’s what. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an app to help you track all your expenses? Well thanks to the advent of the smartphone, there are a handful of apps out there that help users track their expenses and receipts without losing any of them. Upload them into the app, and you have a copy of the receipt digitally.
That said, we’re going to talk about a few of those apps on our list today. There’s a healthy dose of apps that are both free and apps that require a subscription. Follow along with us below, and we’ll show you some of our favorites. Let’s dive right in.
7 best receipt tracking apps
Smart Receipts is one of our favorites when it comes to expense tracking, thanks to its organized layout and many features to help you keep track of all of your expenses. Smart Receipts doesn’t just allow you to enter expenses into the app, but easily turns your phone into a receipt scanner, mileage tracker, and expense report generator.
You can do a lot of organization here, such as creating folders for specific expenses. You can even see a graphical breakdown of all of your spending within the app. One of the most handy features might be the ability to export in different file formats, such as PDF or CSV, for presenting and even manipulating within Excel. Smart Receipts will save you hours of time.
QuickBooks Self-Employed might be one of the best choices on the market, featuring a beautiful user interface, an organized layout, and seamless integration with most Intuit products. QuickBooks Self-Employed hopes to help you put more money in your pocket with this all-in-one mile tracker, expense tracker, invoice generator, and tax deductions estimator.
The nice thing about QuickBooks Self-Employed is just how much money you save come tax time. You enter your receipts into QuickBooks Self-Employed throughout the year, and then you can directly import all of that expense information into TurboTax for quick tax filing.
This startup made the headlines for being one of the most innovative apps going around. The fact that it can scan your receipts by simply taking a picture of it makes it a breeze to use as well. The SmartScan feature will automatically scan the receipt and input the details on its own, saving users the trouble and time.
The app also lets you import credit cards, making it easier and faster to track expenses. The app has mobile and web apps with seamless integration so you can check your receipts on the desktop and even from the computer without breaking a sweat.
It relies on Cloud servers to store your data, which helps with multi-device functionality as well. If you’re into accounting and use some of their apps, you will be pleased to know that the app is compatible with QuickBooks, Xero, NetSuite, Intacct, Oracle, Sage etc. You can record your transactions in global currencies, so you don’t have to worry about converting balances in your native currency. The best part? Well, the app is free to download and has no ads or in-app purchases. Expensify is compatible with a wide range of devices, although the company doesn’t mention a specific Android version for compatibility.
This app by ABUKAI is pretty similar to Expensify in that it allows you to track your expenses simply by scanning receipts. At the end of each month, the app will create expense reports in sets of 10. The service is unparalleled and thousands of users vouch for its ease of use and features. ABUKAI has its own set of templates for expense reports, although customers are free to leave a message to the developers if they have any preferences for templates. You can even setup the app to post directly onto your company’s web page, making it a convenient tool for those trying to cut down on the bulk of their accounting job. Further, users can post their expenses onto services like Insperity ExpensAble, Intacct, Intuit QuickBooks, Mint, Sage, and Xero Accounting, making it a breeze for everyone to use.
Expenses can also be uploaded onto Oracle or SAP, which is handy. The service is free to use which comes with 12 expense reports per year. If you need to set more, you can purchase additional subscription from the company’s website. One feature I found to be lacking here is multi-upload of images. However, that can be easily rectified with a future update. The app is free to download, and has no ads but comes with in-app purchases.
This app has been around for a while now and has millions of users around the world. It follows the same protocol by allowing you to input all your bill or receipt details by simply taking a picture of the said bill. The service will automatically enter the store’s name, date, the prices of items and a lot more only using the picture. Naturally, the mobile app is linked with the web version of Shoeboxed, allowing you to sync your expenses in real time from your phone/tablet or the computer. What makes this app excellent is the fact that it comes with human verification of data, making it an ideal tool for every accounting firm or business. Given that it involves working with numbers, being accurate is of the utmost importance.
You can even export your expenses onto popular tools like QuickBooks, Wave Accounting, Excel, Outright, Xero and a whole lot more, making this perfectly suited for any office/accounting firm. The app is completely free to download and has no ads or in-app purchases. However, the app hasn’t been updated in nearly two years, so you might have to get used to the minimal UI. In terms of functionality, however, the app is among the best out there, although the UI might be a little irritating at times.
One of the most popular receipts app out there, Evernote has been a veteran in the industry. Initially launched as a note taking app, Evernote has transitioned into a vastly competitive productivity app, ideal for small and medium businesses. In addition to adding notes Evernote can also help scan your receipts so that you can find all of your bills in one place. There are several features that Evernote can perform, although it cannot create expense reports on its own like the other apps we mentioned here. That’s because this doesn’t particularly belong in the accounting department.
But even then, Evernote is definitely worth having as it can let you create presentations using just your notes (Premium) and even set reminders like you would with any other app. Evernote is free to download, although monthly and yearly Premium subscriptions will set you back by $7.99 and $69.99 respectively.
This app is more in line with the other expense tracking services we’ve mentioned on this article. It lets you create records for your current receipts. You can even upload receipts from cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive, which is a convenient feature to have. You can view your existing expenses via the app or web by downloading the Wave web app.
Once you have uploaded your image, the app will ask you to confirm the details. This will save you the trouble of having the wrong entries on your expense reports. Use this app to significantly cut down the pile of paper and receipts on your desk, and also make a difference to the environment while you’re at it. The app has been featured on several major publications and websites, so you can download this without much worry. The app is free to download, and has no in-app purchases. Be sure to check it out from the Play Store.
Here we’ve shown you seven of our favorite applications for tracking receipts and expenses. There are tons of applications on the Google Play Store that will allow you receipt tracking, but we’re confident that these are easily some of the best available today.
We can’t even begin to explain how important receipt tracking applications are, allowing you to very easily create a database of all of your expenses. This is great for budgeting, but more importantly, makes life so much easier come the time to file your taxes.
Do you have a favorite receipt tracking app that you use? Let us know what it is in the comments section below, and you might find it on our list at some point, if it’s not already there!