Thrifty Travel Tips: Top Apps to Help You Stick to Your Budget and Still Have Fun

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Sticking to your budget is sound financial advice anytime, but when you are traveling on a budget, you really need to make sure that you don’t go over. This takes some planning and some discipline, but you can still have a wonderful vacation and stick to your spending limits.

There are a lot of apps out there that can help you do just that. If you use any type of mobile device, you can always know exactly where you stand and how much money you have left to spend. Many of the apps will even give you quick reports so you can breakdown you spending with ease. Here are three apps you should check out if you want to travel on a budget.




This simple app lets you keep track of all of your bank accounts on one easy platform so you always know how much money you have at your disposal.


PocketGuard not only have, but it recommends how much you can afford to spend in a day. This will help you stay on budget. It also automatically sorts your purchases into categories so you can instantly call up your spending habits and see where your money is going, allowing you to adjust accordingly if you need to.


The app is very secure and is constantly updated, so you will always know exactly how much money you have to spend.




This budgeting app is a great way to see how all of your finances are looking. It uses easy to read graphs to give you an overall picture of your financial health.


Wally syncs with all of your accounts, from checking and savings to credit cards (you should think about applying for a secured credit card if you travel) and automatically updates after every purchase. Then, you can call up different graphs to see exactly where your money is going and how much you can safely spend on your trip.


The app uses location-based tracking as well, so you can follow your expenses alongside your journey and know what you bought and where you bought it. Helpful little features like this make this app a great companion, whether you’re traveling around the world or just driving to the next town over.


Level Money


This last app is easy to use and tracks spending as well as any other app out there.


Level Money allows you to input your spending or sync up to your accounts to get an accurate picture of your finances. Once you give the app access to your accounts, it will automatically identify your expenses and track your spending. It will also give you advice on how much you can spend without eating into your budget too badly. All of the data is displayed in infographics and graphs, so it’s easy to read and know what you have left to spend.


Try using these apps next time you want to stick to a travel budget.


Jack Rowe is a world wanderer who travels on a very tight budget. His travel articles explain how he does this.

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