iOS for Webworkers: Track Expenses With Bobby 2

If there’s a lot of month to go through at the end of your money, this is either due to your income, or due to your expenses, or a deadly combination of the two. In all of these cases, Bobby 2 can help you.

Bobby 2: Expense Manager From Amsterdam

Bobby 2 by Yummygum, based in Amsterdam, NL, is a gorgeous app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch which makes managing your returning expenses easy. Not only does Bobby 2 provide a database that lets you put in your spendings with a few taps, but it also contains a ton of finished templates for common services.

Bobby 2: Landing Page

This lets you manage your payments to Spotify and Netflix in a way that is visually adjusted to their respective CI. In some cases, Bobby 2 also suggests the corresponding fee right away. This never worked for me, though, because there’s no service where I have booked the smallest plan. Those seem to be the only saved ones, though.

This is not an issue, as you can quickly alter all fees with a few taps on your keyboard. Different currencies, including EUR and USD, are supported. You can also use several currencies in parallel. That’s especially handy should you be using US-American services outside of the US.

Further Types of Expenses Are Easily Recorded

If you also want to manage your membership at the local gym with Bobby 2, this is just as simple. Set up a new expense, and you’re done. From the setup dialogue, you can influence all significant parameters. With Bobby, you can manage almost any due date. It doesn’t matter if you have to pay once a year, every seven years, or every other day, every month, or every two months, Bobby manages it for you and notifies you when the time for payment approaches. If you want to.

iOS-Typical Clarity in the Overview. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Payment circles that include time frames other than a month are broken down to the month when Bobby shows you the average monthly expenses at the very bottom of the start screen. A tap on that display lets you switch to “per year,” or “per week,” although I can’t really tell the purpose of that.

Some Features Have to be Paid

Bobby speaks English, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. Aside from the contextual parameters for each expense, the app’s UI can also be adjusted to your taste. However, these adjustments require a paid expansion of the app, which is free without it.

Securing your task management with Touch ID or passcode, as well as saving backups in iCloud, are also functions that Yummygum wants you to pay for. The same applies if you ‘re going to manage more than five subscriptions.

To be able to use all of the app’s features, I recommend buying the All-in-one Pack, which is only 2.29 EUR as of right now. If all you want is an unlimited number of subscriptions, that will be 1.09 EUR, another 1.09 EUR for the design options, and another 1.09 EUR if you want to use Touch ID and iCloud.

I paid 2.29 EUR, and I’m done. Sure, there are other task managers on the App-Store, but none is as pretty as the one with the squirrel icon.

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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I use this app below and couldn’t find anything simpler. Bobby’s also OK, but not that pretty.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1170797647

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