Wally+ review: It’s actually enjoyable to track your spending with this app

There’s something to be said for the simplicity of budgeting with just pen and paper. Wally+, a free Android app (a separate app called Wally Next is available for iOS) comes closest to replicating that ease. Though it’s more of a spending tracker than a full-fledged budgeting tool, it can help you stay on top of what, where, and with whom you spend your money.

Note: This review is part of our budgeting apps roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Wally

Wally+ lets you tag transactions with the friends you spend the money with, and even take a photo of the receipt to attach to the record.

To create your budget, you need to add a bank account, your income, a savings account, and some expenses. Wally+ does not sync with financial institutions, so all this information has to be entered manually. Oddly, it doesn’t ask for your starting balance, but that’s what I put in the “income” field. Otherwise, your balance will reflect your next paycheck rather than what you currently have available.

Easy money

It’s worth noting that Wally+ is still in beta. This was most noticeable for me in the intermittent trouble it had pulling in merchants via GPS when I’d add a transaction.

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