Ask LH: Are There Any Good ANZ MoneyManager Alternatives?

Dear Lifehacker, I have been using ANZ’s free MoneyManager for the last couple of years. It offers the ability to consolidate my financial accounts into one location. This can be sliced and diced and visualised to help me manage my money and make smart financial decisions. Sadly, ANZ is ending this application at the end of July. What similar options are available in Australia that can interrogate my disparate financial accounts and provide pretty graphs to help memanage my money? Thanks, Carino

Dear Carino,

For those who missed the news, ANZ recently announced its plans to discontinue MoneyManager. The web application will be shut down at the end of July.

“The way our customers are choosing to manage their personal finances online is changing, and as a result, we have seen a continuing decline in the use of the ANZ MoneyManager tool,” ANZ explained on its blog. “ANZ will no longer be providing this service and we are no longer accepting new registrations. After 31st July 2016 existing ANZ MoneyManager customers will not be able to access or login to ANZ MoneyManager.”

The first thing to do is export all the data you need before 31 July. Otherwise you’ll permanently lose this information. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on ANZ’s website.

Fortunately, there are several great money management apps available online — which is probably why ANZ chose to can MoneyManager in the first place. Our favourite is still Pocketbook. This is a free app that integrates directly with every major Australian bank. It can be used to track your spending, send alerts for unusual fees and also offers a weekly summary of your spending. On the downside, there’s no option to display share investments.

You can download Pocketbook for Android and iOS devices, or use the web version just like MoneyManager.

We’ve also heard good things about MoneyBrilliant, Wave and Yodlee but haven’t tested them personally.

We’d also like to hear from readers on this. What’s your favourite money management app? Let Carino know in the comments.


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