In preparing this year’s 20 Under $20 list, we loved the idea of presenting 20 killer Mac apps you might not know about — 20 is such a round, pleasant number, and would hopefully let us find something for everyone. But $20 per app might not seem like the bargain-basement price that it used to, even just back in the summer of 2011 when we did our last 20 Under $20 feature.
But guess what? Most of these polished, stable, user-friendly, and utterly useful applications don’t come anywhere close to a full Andrew Jackson, anyway. Four of them are free, and only two cost over $10. We thought about calling it “18 Mac Apps Under $10 and Also Two That Are More Than $10 But Still Less Than $20, and By the Way, Four Are Free,” but that’s just too long, wouldn’t you agree
If you’re serious about your personal finances, you’ve no doubt discovered the free web service, Mint.com. The company has gradually been porting its wide variety of features to the companion iOS apps, today introducing budgeting and splitting transaction for both iPhone and iPad.
If hotcakes were selling like iPads, IHOP would be the hottest investment on the block. But hold the maple syrup -- despite the higher price tag on most Macs, Apple’s making more money off iPads these days. Its Q3 2011 iPad earnings were $6.05 billion, up 179 percent since the previous year. Meanwhile, Mac sales raked in $5.1 billion…representing gains of only 16 percent.
What’s driving the iPad’s explosive growth? The “cool factor” is certainly part of it, but the iPad’s utility is the foundation of its success. It’s terrific as a second computing device (the first being a Mac or PC), and for many of us, it’s taking the spotlight as our primary platform for work, email, browsing, and beyond. Thanks to the cutting-edge offerings in the App Store (15 billion downloads served!), it’s even more practical than ever before to handle all your productivity needs with an iPad. We’re talking photographing checks to deposit them, piping video calls to your TV, and loads more. But how?
Money might not be able to buy happiness, but a lack of it can sure bring a whole lot of misery. If you’re willing to spend a few bucks sensibly in the App Store, sticking to a budget will be easier, and you’ll be flashing that several-hundred-dollar smile in no time.
Before you can work out your monthly budget, you’ll need to map out your expenses, starting with recurring bills. For complete control of your financial burdens—including a sortable calendar, cloud syncing, and due-date notifications—grab your unpaid bills, a copy of BillMinder ($1.99 iPhone, $4.99 iPad) and start inputting.