Manage your purchases with Lemon for Android

Lemon is a handy productivity and finance related application that allows you to keep track of where you are spending your money.

Unlike other applications for this purpose, Lemon doesn’t need you to manually enter how you are spending your money. All you need to do is take a picture of your receipts and Lemon does the rest by itself. So when you first launch Lemon, you’ll come to the screen shown below:

This is the main screen for the app, you can scan and view receipts from here, see the stores you have shopped from, view reports and change settings and lastly register/ log in to Lemon. This is the first thing you should do when you launch the application. You can go the Desktop website or register from your smartphone.
Now that I mentioned the desktop website, you should know that Lemon’s Android/iOS/BB Application syncs to the lemon website once you create an account so you can keep all your receipts synced across devices and don’t loose them when you change devices. We’ll come back to the desktop website later, for now lets talk about the Android version of the app we are reviewing right now.

Once you’ve registered and linked your smartphone with the lemon website, find an old receipt from a super market for example, open the Lemon app and scan it. You’ll have to align the edges of the application with the actual receipt. Once you take a picture, you can retake it if you wish, or if the receipt is long, click on Add Part and snap the remaining part of it. After that simply add the desired labels to the receipt such as “personal” if it’s a private purchase for yourself and the picture will start uploading to the Lemon website. You’ll have to wait sometime before Lemon scans the picture, processes it and gives results.
This is one of the most amazing things about the application. Its smart enough to “read” your receipts, find out the items bought and the total price paid and as you add more receipts Lemon will be a great way to know how much money you have spent overall or in a certain month and even show your spending pattern on a graph.
Lemon makes up a report overtime regarding your spending patterns, you can view it in the reports section of the app, on the desktop website and even mail yourself the report for reference.

Other than recording your receipts, registering at also gives you another email address that you can use for your online purchases and deals with businesses to easily manage your digital receipts in a separate account. I personally prefer having a single inbox, but this could be useful for people that like their private inbox separate from their business one.
And now let’s talk about the Desktop website. It has much of the same functionality as the Lemon Application and syncs with it aswell so you can view all of your purchases and reports directly on the website aswell as access your Lemon email inbox.
I don’t usually use applications for managing my finances, they are too complicated and “manual” and not very productive, Lemon is an exceptionally good application though. It hardly takes a minute to take a picture of a receipt and save It and Lemon does the rest of the work. Its like your personal assistant to keep your spending in check. The only problem I have with this app, and its not that big, is that Lemon can be a bit inaccurate or fail to read some receipts, however in most cases it works beautifully.

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