Starling Bank adds 36 new spending categories to its app

Posted: 13 June 2022 1:05 pm

Starling Bank app

The latest upgrade includes better search and new spending categories, including for DIY and takeaways.

Starling Bank customers can benefit from improvements to its banking app which will see 36 new spending categories introduced.

Once the new categories are rolled out over the next few weeks, personal and joint current account holders will have access to 53 spending categories in total, with the bank saying that many of the 36 new categories were requested directly by customers.

The new categories introduced include “DIY”, “hobby” and “takeaway”, as well as “bucket list”, “weddings” and “wellbeing”.

Other categories such as “rent’, “medical” and “groceries” have been added, and users will be able to tag which categories – or specific purchases – they regard as “essential” or “non-essential”.

A new category can be applied to a single transaction, or to all past or future transactions from a particular merchant. For example, all payments for a morning coffee could be switched from “eating out” to “coffee”, or payments to a local petrol station can be changed from “transport” to “fuel”.

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New search bar

A new search bar is also part of the app upgrade. The bank says this will give customers insights on specific categories, vendors and purchases and will make finding and choosing a category easier. For example, if you’ve bought a tin of paint, you can search the term “renovation” and you’ll see the categories “DIY”, “maintenance” and “repairs” come up as options to choose from.

Helen Bierton, chief banking officer at Starling Bank, said: “Our customers have loved Starling’s Spending Insights since we launched in 2017. Knowledge is power when it comes to meeting your financial goals and we hope that by offering customers even more insight into their spending patterns, they’ll have more control of their personal and household budgets in order to adapt a little easier to the cost of living crisis.”

To use the new features of the Spending Insights tool – found under the “Spending” tab in the mobile banking app – customers will need to make sure they have downloaded the latest version of the Starling app.

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