The Apple Watch and What It Means for the Way You Budget

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 11, 2015 10:59:00 AM

People whispering and talking into their watches sounds like a scene from an old spy movie, but with the new Apple Watch - the latest in Apple Inc’s flagship product line up - that scene will soon be reality.

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals, Smartphone apps, Announcements

Saving Money, There's 6 Apps for That

Posted by david.smith on Oct 24, 2014 11:05:36 AM

Guest post by JT Ripton

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Topics: Family Finances, Life in General, Smartphone apps, Applied Principles

Introducing the Budgeting Bootcamp Video Series!

Posted by david.smith on Aug 4, 2014 10:30:19 AM
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Topics: Smartphone apps, Announcements, App Updates

Mvelopes for Google Glass

Posted by nick.thomas on Jun 25, 2014 11:52:59 AM
Mvelopes for Google Glass
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Topics: Envelope Budgeting, Smartphone apps, Announcements, App Updates

Making Technology Work for a Better Budget & More Savings

Posted by Megan Pacheco on Jan 15, 2014 12:16:07 AM

The holidays have come and gone, and for many of us, so has our extra cash. Where our wallets were once flush (okay, so maybe just lightly lined) with cash, there now exists a big empty hole of perpetual sadness. But rest assured! All of those technological gifts and gadgets, those do-hickeys the kids on the television are going on about are capable of more than just letting us express our frustrations by beaning multicolored birds with rocks—technology to the budgetary rescue!

Budgeting Apps for Your Phone

While websites that provide budgeting tools have been popular for some time, the mobile versions just never caught on in the same way. That is, until apps were developed by everyone who was well, anyone. These handy little downloads are great for busy people—they live in your pocket and allow you to track and manage expenses with just a few strokes of your finger. Some even allow you to “scan” documents by photographing them!

Free Text Programs

There are a variety of applications available to help with your texting habits. Applications like Textfree (which actually costs $5) allow you to text whomever you want, free of charge. While some of these apps don’t offer special features (like picture messaging and emojis) they can save you a few bucks come bill time.

Video Calls

If you’re lucky enough to own a cell phone with a forward facing camera, this may not be of much help to you, but if you don’t, take note—there’s an app for that! Fring is a free application available to Android and Iphone users that lets you turn your single camera phone into a video calling device—sure beats a $200 phone upgrade!

Wireless Internet

Wireless internet is pretty much a necessity anymore, though it can get quite expensive. If you’re switching from dial up to wireless, there will be some hardware you need to buy, not to mention your monthly service fee. To save a few bucks, consider a program like Tether, which turns your phone into a personal wireless hotspot. For $50, Tetherer creates a network for you. Androids also have the built-in capability to tether, so check it out!


You’ve probably figured it out by now, but the music industry has changed. Gone are the days of buying CDs only to find out you don’t like many of the songs. Music programs like Spotify and Pandora allow you to listen to music of your choosing for free. Though you’ll have to occasionally listen to a commercial, you can create playlists and radio stations, find suggestions for music you might like, etc.—all for free!

Let’s embrace technology. Celebrate it. Let it clean up the Christmas bank account.

Heidi Andrews roots for the LA Dodgers and the freedom to eat chocolate for breakfast. When she isn’t learning to make those cool designs on espresso drinks, you can find her writing about financial freedom, new technology, and investment opportunities for Jason Hartman Media.

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Topics: Family Finances, Life in General, Smartphone apps, Tips and Tricks

Mvelopes Updates, News, and Announcements - Mobile Bill Pay is Here for Android!

Posted by David N. Smith on Nov 1, 2012 7:18:03 PM

Hello Mvelopes Members,

It is here! Now Mvelopes Premier members with Android devices can use our Bill Pay feature while on the go. Following our recent release to add this to iOS devices, we’re excited to bring this to the rest of our members with Android devices.

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Topics: Smartphone apps, Announcements

Mvelopes Updates, News, and Announcements - Mobile Bill Pay is Here For iOS!

Posted by David N. Smith on Jul 31, 2012 10:45:15 AM

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Topics: Smartphone apps, Release Notes, Announcements

Open Beta Release of Mvelopes Android App

Posted by nick.thomas on Jun 3, 2011 11:29:46 AM

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Topics: Smartphone apps

Android Update

Posted by nick.thomas on May 5, 2011 2:10:12 AM

Many of you are anxiously awaiting the Mvelopes App for Android smartphones. The app is in final beta testing and is "very" close to being finished and released. Please stay tuned - we hope to have more news very, very soon!

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Topics: Smartphone apps

Android App Update

Posted by nick.thomas on Apr 4, 2011 4:50:02 AM

The Mvelopes Android app is currently in Beta testing, which includes testing by a number of Mvelopes users. We are targeting a release in the next few weeks - hopefully sooner rather than later. We don't want to release the application until we are confident it delivers a good user experience on the wide range of Android devices currently in the market. Keep watching for further updates.

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Topics: Smartphone apps