May 8, 2010 9:57 AM –
CashLog is a very practical and easy tool to log cash expenses. Each log entry is assigned to a user definable group. View history graph and balance table of any group. Features: Added additional type of history graph, Added pie charts to groups, Removed waiting/nag screen to allow free usage indefinitely. Price: Free
AndroidTapp.com Android App Review:
I’m a spender. A bad, out of control spender. At the end of the week, I look at my checking account and go, “What the hell happened???” This app will help me, and you spenders out there, keep track of just where all that hard earned cash is going. The interface is relatively simple. You create different categories (food, gas, entertainment, etc.) and enter your purchases. What this app does is total up your spending and show you where your money is really going. It can be surprising! I found out just how much I spend at Starbucks. Thank god I get free refills or I might be jumping off a bridge soon. There’s a paid version of this app called MoneyLog. It lets you track income as well as expenses and view balances on your accounts. It’s about $4.41 (converted from Pounds). I think in the long run I would be happier with the full app since it would be nice to see what I have to spend and not only what I’m spending.
Pros & Cons:
- Easy to add groups to track expenses
- Graphs to show exactly where the money is going
- Remembers typed data for entry later
- Shows you options you can’t use with the free version
- Extra options makes things more complicated
- Nag screen every time you click on non-free option
CashLog Spending Screen
CashLog Groups Graph
CashLog Entry Screen
CashLog Nag Screen
I now know I spend too much money, and it’s in writing. But I do see it as a deterrent to spending as I don’t want to see that big number at the end of the day. It’s like having a balance sheet on your phone, but easier to use and not nearly as cumbersome.
Ease of Use:
The heart of the app is easy. Adding groups for spending is completed in just a click or two and entering spending is just as easy. The thing that makes this far more complicated than it needs to be is that all of the options for the paid version are displayed like they work on the free version. Constantly getting the screen that says “BUY ME NOW” doesn’t make me want to buy the app. It makes me want to delete the free one that I already had.
If you are a spender on the go, you would use this app many times a day. It’s a simple way to keep track of what you’re opening your wallet for. The more frequently you use it, the faster it will be as all of the descriptions you type in are saved so you don’t have to type them every time.
Once you get past the nag screen every 5 seconds (it’s hard to remember what is free and what’s not) the interface itself is relatively simple to use. The menu is straight forward and entering data is simple as well. I just really wish that the developer would have put the nag screen once at the beginning and not left all of the non-free functions embedded to look like they were there.