Money Dashboard review | Features, pros and cons

Money Dashboard review

Instant access to an overview of all your online financial accounts, which can help you get a grip of your money.

Money Dashboard

Money Dashboard is an award winning personal finance assistant and budget planner that aims to help people make better spending choices by showing them all their finances, clearly, in one place.

What is Money Dashboard?

Founded in 2010 and based in Edinburgh, Money Dashboard gives you a clear overview of your spending using graphs and tables. You are able to add multiple current accounts, savings accounts and credit cards to your dashboard.

Money Dashboard is available on Web, Android and iOS.

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How does Money Dashboard work?

  • Sign up, add your accounts and start using Money Dashboard for free. Once you complete the sign up form you can begin adding any accounts or credit cards you have. These can all be viewed on one screen, giving you an overview of all your finances. There is no fee for using Money Dashboard.
  • Automated tagging. Money Dashboard automatically groups, tags and displays your recent transactions, showing you when and where you’re spending your money.
  • Track spending and set goals. Money Dashboard uses charts to assist with your personal financial planning. See where your money has gone in the past, then set and track goals using its budget planner.
  • Forecast your spending. The Planner feature lets you see your predicted future income, expenditure and balances.

Is Money Dashboard safe?

Your information will be protected by bank-level security. Money Dashboard use an Extended Validation security certificate with 256-bit encryption to protect your data.
Money Dashboard cannot move your money, it is a read-only application, which means it cannot be used for withdrawals, payments or to transfer your funds.

Pros and cons of Money Dashboard

  • All your finances in one place without having to jump between banking apps or website – great for those who use multiple building societies.
  • Intelligent insights into your budget and spending.
  • Bank-level security.
  • Can help in setting and achieving goals.
  • Supports 59 providers, including major high street banks.
  • There can be a 4-5 day buffer between making a transaction and seeing it on Money Dashboard.
  • Some may not be comfortable with sharing their online banking credentials.
  • Money Dashboard uses your data to provide insight to companies on market research. While it does not share your personally identifiable data, some users may not me comfortable with this.

What other options are available?

There are plenty of other trendy digital banking options out there. Each offers a unique spin on the idea of an app driven Mastercard or online account.

Yolt

Yolt is available across several European countries, including the UK, and is owned by Dutch banking group ING.

It also uses Open Banking to pull in information from whichever current, saving and credit card accounts you wish to add to the app. As with Money Dashboard, this data is read-only.

If you want to read more, take a look at our Yolt review.

Cleo

Cleo brings something slightly different to the budgeting app party, as it can communicate with you about your finances through text message, Facebook Messenger, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

This virtual financial assistant can give you responses and advice through these channels when you make enquiries about your account balance or spending trends.

Check out our Cleo review for more information.

Plum

Plum is another service that can also be used through Facebook Messenger (which it was originally designed for) or through its own mobile app.

Its smart software analyses your bank account transactions to understand patterns in your income and spending habits. It calculates an amount it thinks you can realistically save each week, and automatically transfers this to a Plum account. You can also use Facebook Messenger to tell Plum to save more money into or take money back out of this account.

To discover more about how Plum works, you can visit our Plum review.

Compare Money Dashboard against it’s competitors

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Name Product Ratings Cost Cancel subscriptions Spending categorisation
Cleo
We say
★★★★★
Free (paid-for 'plus' version available)
Emma
We say
★★★★★
Free (paid-for 'pro' version available)
Yolt
We say
★★★★★
Free

You can tag and categorise your subscriptions but not cancel them
Money Dashboard
We say
★★★★★
Free

Will identify them but can't cancel them
moneyhub
We say
★★★★★
99p/mth or £9.99/yr In App Store: £1.49/mth or £14.99/yr
Wally
We say
★★★★★
Free (paid-for 'gold' version available)
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The verdict

Money Dashboard is one of our favourite budgeting apps. It supports the vast majority of UK banks, can be used both through the app or via desktop and is really great at helping you categorise and visualise your spending patterns.

It does have a few drawbacks though. Some competitors, like Yolt, have a wider range of features, and Money Dashboard can sometimes be a bit clunky when you’re trying to update your accounts, or slow at recovering your transactions. Nothing major though.

All in all, Money Dashboard manages the hard task of making budgeting easy and fun. No matter how much you hate numbers, its graphs are really easy to read and its app design and flexibility are great for both expert and beginner users.

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