App Creation #15 – App Inspiration – Expenditure

No one enjoys the arrival of the dreaded credit card bill. The sound of several pages of a statement passing through the letterbox and landing on the floor is enough to give anybody nightmares.

We come to expect the larger transactions, however it is those little treats and tempting bargains that often ramp up the total, so it is always a good idea to keep track of them to remove any hidden surprises.

They say you don’t require a wad of cash to be happy, but from experience it certainly helps!

Making a Statement

Every transaction – no matter how insignificant -presents a potential argument with the person you share a bank account with. Although ignorance is bliss, this advice really doesn’t apply in the world of financial transactions unless you crave an argument.

The real advice is to make a note of every single time you pass your plastic ‘money sapper’ over the counter.

Configuring transactions

Expenditure allows for speedy input of these expenses and with the addition of categories, you can also keep an eye on which areas of your spending habits are hitting your wallet the hardest..

The looming minus symbol on the display alone is a powerful enough sign to prevent excessive purchasing.?

Paying for your Mistakes

For those who really want to take it to the limit, Expenditure offers a couple of extra features that will be of use.

Certain transactions – for example mobile phone contracts – that repeat on a regular monthly basis need to be accounted for. This is easily achieved within the app as you can set these repeating transactions to occur daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and so on.

Pictures of your purchases can also be captured and stored within the app for future reference. Notes possibly explaining your lust for a particular item can also be saved. Useful for explaining the madness at a later date!

Transaction history

A Wealth of Information

Hopefully you will notice that your costs are beginning to fall and you can keep track of this aspect using the History section.

A month by month blow account is revealed to the user and if you have been behaving yourself, the potential of a pleased grin will appear on your now ecstatic face.

It is not all bad news though as you can also record any incomings as well as the painful outgoings. Dropping the minus on occasion is certainly refreshing for the spending-spree soul.

If a transaction has appeared by mistake, you can edit the record and remove by ripping the receipt out of the virtual machine, which is a nice quirky little touch.

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow James Woodcock to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

App Creation Series Index:
App Creation – Beginners Guide to App Design, Development and Marketing

Website | Portfolio | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology.

Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.