Plan Your Holiday Gift Budget with This Free App

Plan Your Holiday Gift Budget with This Free App

The Problem

Your gift recipient list is finished, and you are ready to hit the stores. Now the challenge: Satisfying everyone on your list without blowing next month's rent money. We all know that once you're in the stores all rationale tends to go out the window.

The Solution

Avoid a nasty holiday debt hangover with Chase’s *FREE* Gift Planner application, which lets you easily track your gift spending for the holidays and beyond. Gift Planner imports your contacts so you can set a budget for each recipient for any occasion. That means you can track your spending not just for the holidays, but for birthdays and anniversaries as well. Keep tabs on what you have spent by individual or look at your total spending budget for an occasion. You can look at each category—People, Gifts, Occasions, and Budgets—on different screens for a quick overview. A green bar graph on the Budgets screen indicates you have money to spend—an orange bar means it’s time to make some returns.

Don’t see the occasion for which you are shopping? Add your own. You can also make a list of the gifts you are seeking to save time at the store. If you see the perfect item for an upcoming birthday, Gift Planner lets you snap and save a photo of it for purchase later. And, forget being late with a gift since this app sends out alerts in advance. In addition you can conveniently log all the presents you buy for each recipient so you don’t accidentally give the same thing twice. Need help navigating the app? We like that you can “shake” your phone and a helpful tip pops up on the screen.

Finally, don’t forget yourself. Gift Planner allows you to create your own holiday wish list if you want to send someone a not-so-subtle hint!

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