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Track Expenses on the Apple Watch With Blinq

October 25, 2016

Track expenses and keep to a budget with this app, Blinq: Simple Expense Tracker Spendings Analytics. Unless you’re made out of money, it’s always a good idea to keep track of your spending so that you know where your money is going and can stay in control. Now you can accomplish that on your wrist.

You will need to set up a few things in the iPhone app initially, such as the currency and your spending limit. There are pre-set categories, but you can delete them and you can add your own custom categories if you like. Once that’s done, you can do everything you need on the Apple Watch. If you want to see more details about the iPhone aspect of Blinq, check out this article on AppAdvice.

There is a complication for Blinq, but I found it disappointing. First of all, it’s only available in the long bottom complication spots on faces like Mickey, Minnie, Utility, and Motion. It is not available in any small circular or even the large Modular spot. The complication itself is disappointing as well: it’s just the word Blinq. I would think a running total would far be more useful. Frankly, you’re better off skipping the complication and putting Blinq in your Dock instead. However you open it, opening the app on the Apple Watch does feel a bit sluggish. I’m hoping that both issues will be improved in future updates. The inflexible complication does feel like a glitch rather than a feature.

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Once the app is open, you can see the running total of what you’ve spent this month. If you’re under the monthly budget you’ve set for the month, you’ll see a green circle around the number. If, for example, you’ve spent half of your monthly goal, that circle will be 50 percent filled. If you’re over budget, the circle around your total will be full and red.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the option to add an expense. Tap that and you’ll be taken to your list of categories. Tap one to add an expense, and do so on the calculator-like screen. Everything you do on the Apple Watch is synced to your iPhone automatically, and vice versa.

Despite a few minor flaws, such as the disappointing complication, slow open time, and the occasional spelling error, this is definitely an app worth picking up, especially while it’s free. It’s simple and intuitive to use, and it works. Tracking expenses has never been easier. With this app on your Apple Watch, you won’t have any excuse to overspend. Blinq: Simple Expense Tracker Spendings Analytics is temporarily free on the App Store.