Bud app review

Bud helps you reclaim your financial data, and lets you tailor your own experience.

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Bud is a banking app that takes a different approach to your finances. While there have been many fintech apps looking for their share of the market over the last few years, Bud has to be one of the most ambitious. Rather than focusing on one aspect of your finances, Bud attempts to bring them together onto one platform. From your bank balance to your investments, Bud wants to make everything easily accessible with the tap of a screen.

What is Bud?

Bud describes itself as a “plug and play financial services platform”. It’s a place where you can connect your different financial resources and access them at any time. You won’t get a current account or a comprehensive financial plan, but your finances will all be accessible safely, and at any time.

How does Bud work?

At its core Bud works from an app on your smartphone, but Bud has to account for all the external programs it wants to support, which makes the app much more difficult to code. For this reason, Bud keeps its design minimal and functional.

While Bud does sacrifice a flashier design for a more streamlined user experience, this does not mean it is short of features. In fact, because of its simple design, Bud directs its energy on making sure its features have substance. These features include:

  • Budget. The meat of the app. A breakdown of your income and the different directions it’s heading in. If you have provided a detailed breakdown of your budget, Bud can lend you a helping hand in making sure you’re keeping up with your financial responsibilities.
  • Accounts. From here you can sync bank accounts to Bud and view accounts you have already linked. Bud covers 96.5% of current accounts in the UK.
  • Transaction. Record a transaction on the Bud app, give a description of what it’s for, when it cleared and for how much. This is then considered alongside your budget.
  • Settings. Self-explanatory. From here you can edit your budget settings, start a new budget, view your account details, read FAQs and write reviews.
  • Accounts. You can link all your bank accounts, credit and debit, to your Bud account. From this page you can see your balances and details, as well as add new cards and filter existing ones.
  • Transactions. A record of your transactions from your various accounts. Use this to manage your outgoings and budget if needed. You can also make a list of transactions for a certain event, and set a budget.
  • Insights. In addition to seeing a list of your transactions, Insights sorts your spending into separate categories such as entertainment, food and drink and utilities (among others). Insights also gives you an estimate of your daily, weekly and monthly spend.
  • Markets. Bud has a collection of third-party providers offering a variety of services for you to choose from. Browse through them from here.
  • Tailoring. Customise your account, review settings and security and more.

Using Bud abroad

Bud makes a great companion when you’re on holiday. Not only does it act as a bookkeeper for you, it also lets you set a target and budget for your time away so you’re not left short. Bud’s marketplace may also be of help to you; with its collection of more than 60 partners offering loans, insurance and accounts, you may find something to help you while you travel.

If you're travelling abroad

If you are heading overseas and are thinking about travel money, head to our travel money section for the cheapest deals on foreign currencies, or to our travel section for tips on how to get cheap flights!

Bud fees, limits and pricing

Bud is currently free to use, but this may change as the app develops.

Is Bud safe?

Bud makes sure it keeps all the valuable information it collects as safe as possible, and it does this in several ways. First, your account is secured behind a password of your choice, and if this is ever lost you must prove it’s you to change it again. Bud only uses the data it needs from you, and while it does keep a record of your spending habits, there is no way of using your money from the app. Lastly, all data is encrypted, making it difficult to access.

Pros and cons of Bud


  • Get an overview of all your financial services on one platform.
  • Software to help you save.
  • Get a record of your transactions.
  • The marketplace offers a number of third-party services for you to choose from.
  • Safe and secure.
  • Useable anywhere and at any time.
  • Registered with the FCA and PRA.


  • Upselling from Bud can be annoying.
  • Only works as a companion to your financial services, not as a substitute.

What else do I need to know?

You can manually enter your account balance and details which will allow you to use the app’s features properly, but it’s important to remember that Bud cannot work miracles, and requires effort on your part to stick to the budget.

Our verdict

While Bud doesn’t work as a replacement for traditional banking services, it does make a great companion to them. The work that’s gone into creating such a complex app definitely shows and could be worth exploring.

Watch this space, and in the meantime check out other alternatives in our guide to the best budgeting apps.

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2 Responses

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    jhoJuly 27, 2018

    Is bud still working?

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      nikkiangcoJuly 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Jho!

      Thanks for leaving a question on our page.

      As per checking, yes Bud App is still in operation. Hope this clarifies!


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