Monday, 17 January 2011

The Appy Gamer

Since starting this blog I’ve received a lot of emails, and I often busy myself in the evenings learning about products that promise to ‘Boost You’re Manhood’ or ‘Make sure she pleasure EVRY time!!!’.  Sometimes though, I like to relax and read an email relating to gaming.  One such message came to me last week from Thomas who has started a Frugal Gaming blog.  As well as adopting a ‘buy one, paint one’ approach (this is the ‘Wax on, wax off’ mantra of the Frugal Gamer) Thomas has also installed an app on his smartphone to track his spending.
Like many of you out there, I use an excel spreadsheet to keep track of my finances (with general entries such as ‘rent’, ‘cat food’ and ‘bike maintenance’) and have now extended this to include my monthly gaming purchasing (remember that I’m planning to only spend £20 a month on gaming) so the idea of an app on my phone intrigued me.  Thomas recommended Daily Expense Manager by Tech Ahead for the Android OS.  After a little bit of internetting I found a similar app for the iPhone (or iPad, if you’re a real hipster) and I’ve started using it myself.

These apps are free and will help you track what you’re spending (often helpful, frequently scary) which can only be a good thing.  I’m going to give it a try for the next couple of months and see how I get on.  Why not try it too and let me know the results?

You may notice that I’ve gone over my budget this month, but hey, rules were meant to be broken.
Happy Gaming.


Higgipedia said...

I use the Crit app for both my iPhone and iPad. Solid, if not unspectacular, dice rollers. They're free, which is very nice.

Dethtron said...

Mint (now owned by Intuit) is a fantastic piece of software. It's completely comprehensive, free, and available for most smartphones and your pc

Von said...

It should be added that anyone who owns an iPad and doesn't choke on the word 'frugal' is capable of remarkable standards of doublethink. Those things are riduculous.

Frugal Dave said...

Don't pretend to hate the iPad, everyone knows that all your ebay selling is to fund your shiny new gadget addiction.

I remember the time you pawned your H.P.Lovecraft collection to buy yourself a Segway...

Dark days my friend.

Von said...

Lies. I would never sell a Lovecraft book. It was the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and... wait!

In all earnest, I don't hate the iPad, I just think it's an overpriced gimmicky hey-lookit-me-I'm-from-science-fiction toy computer.