In a day and age when everything seems to be moving online, subscriptions were bound to do so too. And these could be for just about anything: Entertainment services such as Netflix and Amazon Video, productivity apps such as Microsoft Office and everything the likes of Adobe or Google offer, cloud storage such as Dropbox and Apple iCloud, music-streaming services such as Apple Music, e-commerce add-ons such as Amazon Prime, or even something as unique as a tea subscription. Before you know it, the credit card could be shooting through the roof. Don’t worry, subscription management apps can come to the rescue, giving you an idea of how much you are spending each month on extra services, software and apps.
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This is a personal favourite admittedly—it has a beautiful layout, for starters. With Bobby, you get preset templates for popular subscriptions, such as Netflix, iCloud, Amazon, Apple Music, Microsoft Office, Evernote, PlayStation Plus and Slack. For each subscription that you save, you fill up the amount you pay per month, quarterly or yearly, set the currency, and also set reminders for when the payment may be due. You can also create new subscriptions for services that may not be available in the listing.
Once you are done, Bobby gives a monthly expenditure calculation, with a quick overview of all the subscriptions and bills that you spend on, as well as the subscription tariff plan.
SubscriptMe lets you manage expenses across all the possible services you may be paying subscription fees for. The app can scan your inbox to find the subscriptions and add them to the list. Once the list is ready, you can manually add any services that the email detection may have failed to pick out. What you get at the end of this is a ready reckoner of what you are paying for every month. SubscriptMe can also be configured to send you reminders when subscription renewals or bill payments are due. The app also suggests which subscription services are popular with other users.
This is a Web-based subscription service that lets you add all the services you have signed up for, be it Netflix, Hulu, Apple Music or even your mobile service provider’s billing plan. You can colour-code each subscription in the list, which can be useful if you have many subscriptions. For example, Netflix can be colour-coded as red, and Evernote can be green, which makes identification simpler. You can configure the payments in different global currencies, and configure Billy to remind you when a payment is due. The interface is simple and all your expenses are listed in an easy-to-sort format.
Like all the other subscription manager apps, Outflow also lets you set up and make an easy-to-understand list of every service you have subscribed to, how much you are paying for each, the billing cycle, and set reminders before the due date. What Outflow also offers is the ability to list the payment method for each subscription—some may be paid for directly through your bank account, some through the credit card, and yet others through e-wallets. The card-based interface looks cool and is easy to navigate.