Bills, bills, bills.
They always seem to be multiplying, and adding digital devices like smartphones and tablets to our busy lives only makes the pile bigger.
Thankfully, those same smartphones and tablets can also help track and manage all of the bills in one place.
$2 on Apple devices; ad-supported version is free
On Apple mobile devices, a simple and useful bill payment reminder app is Bill Tracker. The app’s main interface lists your bills in the order they are due, showing the date, amount owed, and other data.
It is great for telling you at a glance what you need to pay, and its interface is clean and unfussy.
Adding a new bill to the system is as easy as tapping on the “+” button, selecting an account description or creating a new one — like “utilities” — and tapping in the details, labeling it as “electricity” or “gas” and so on.
Once you’ve entered this information, you can identify it as a recurring bill, add any notes that you may need to prompt your memory, and then save the entry.
The app has a calendar view, and you can itemize bills and track spending by category.
Due-date reminders are easy to set and can be programmed to go off several times before a payment is due.
When you make a payment on time, you can update the relevant entry and include information like a confirmation number.
The process of entering bill data doesn’t eat up much of your time, thanks to the app’s clean design.
A version of the app with ads is free.
A $2 version removes the ads and lets you sync your data among multiple devices.
Free on Android
A similar app on Android is Bills Reminderfrom Handy Apps. It also has an unfussy design and simple controls, so entering data isn’t too laborious.
The app lists bills in the order they are due, annotated with the relevant payment details.
Recurring bills have a blue icon, and bills with a special note have an orange icon.
This feature makes it easy to spot important or one-off bills among more regular ones.
$2 on iOS
BillMinder, a $2 iOS app, has many of the same features but its interface has more detailed graphics, including prettier lists and reports of paid bills.
BillMinder works much as its rivals do, so it also requires a lot of typing from you, but you may prefer its snazzier look and the detailed way it reports on your past payments.