An App That Makes Saving Money Easy

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Many people find it difficult to make a conscious choice to save their money. It is much easier to just spend it. Although spending money can be fun sometimes, saving money is a necessary part of a healthy financial life.

You may want to save more, but have a hard time forcing yourself to set aside the money you would like to save each month. Or, you may have trouble determining exactly how much you are able to save. Digit can help to solve both of those problems.

Summary

Digit is helpful, but the price may not make it worth it for every saver. If you are able to practice saving discipline, then you likely do not need the help of Digit along the way. However, if you need help saving, then Digit may be the way to get started.

What is Digit?

Digit is an app that connects to your checking account and automatically withdraws money from your account every couple of days.

The app does not transfer large amounts of money but instead withdraws $5 to $50 at a time. You may not even really notice an impact in your checking account. The idea is that your Digit savings account will grow effortlessly.

Digit will not help you to become rich in savings overnight. But if it saves $100 to $200 a month, that’s $1,200 to $2,400 in a year.

Like other savings apps, Digit is also helping to instill a healthy habit of saving over time. The more you are able to save, the healthier you financial future will be.

One of the best things about Digit is the automation of savings into a separate account. Over the course of several months, you will notice how your savings grow.

It’s likely that this growing Digit savings account will give you a good feeling. You can perpetuate that feeling by continuing to save. Once you realize that saving money is doable and not extremely painful, you may be able to save more money even without the help of Digit.

Although the small account you will build with Digit is a good source of emergency cash, it is not likely that it will drive you to a major goal. Saving for a large purchase like a home or car will require more a more extensive saving effort that Digit is not set up for.

The Digit savings account will likely be able to help you out with smaller things like car repairs, doctors’ appointments, or school supplies.

How Does the App Work?

Digit has an algorithm programmed into the app that will analyze your spending habits before transferring money. The app also monitors your checking account balance, upcoming bills and upcoming income to ensure that it does not take out too much money. The goal of the app is to create savings that you almost do not notice.

Once the app has studied your financial situation, it will transfer small amounts of money from your checking account to your Digit savings account. The transfers typically happen every two to three days. For a rainy day fund, the average transfer amount is $10 to $30.

In order to see how much you have saved, you will need to check the app. You can check the app as often as you like.

What Core Features Does Digit Offer?

Digit offers a variety of features that help to make saving money easier. Let’s take a look at the most important features.

Unlimited Savings Goals

You can choose to set up as many small savings goals as you want. For example, you may want to save for a beach vacation, a college class, an impending car repair, or anything else you can think of.

In the app, you will be able to set up the savings goal and the name of the goal. When Digit transfers money from your checking account, it will divide the money among each of the accounts. You can slowly watch yourself accomplish all of these small savings goals through Digit.

Automatic Savings

The automatic nature of your savings is the most important feature of Digit. The entire app focuses on the idea that you can save money effortlessly. The idea is to have the company save money for you without you even noticing it.

Although the automatic savings is a great thing, it will be taken in small amounts. Remember that this method of saving will probably not help you reach your large goals. It is a great way to save for small goals. However, bigger things like retirement or a home need to be saved for in a more intentional way.

Mobile Access

Many people prefer to manage their money on the go. Digit allows you to do this easily through their app. Not only does the automatic savings happen through the app, but you also have control over your money through the app.

You can set goals, transfer money, monitor your accounts and more through the Digit mobile app. Digit is available for iOS and Android devices.

Digit Pay

Digit Pay is a specific savings goal that will help you eliminate credit card debt. The service will allow you to make automatic payments from your Digit account to any major credit card company.

In order to use this feature, you will need to activate the “credit card debt” goal in the Digit app. Once you have activated this goal, Digit will continue to save through the same micro-transfer method. However, once a month Digit will make an extra payment on your credit card debt for the amount that you were able to save that month.

It may not seem like a big help, but extra payments of any kind will help you pay off your credit card debt faster. Do not underestimate the power of extra payments, no matter how small.

Savings Bonus

Every three months, Digit will reward you for any money you have saved in your Digit account. It will pay you a small bonus calculated based on the average daily balance your Digit account over the past three months.

The bonus is 1% is on an annual basis. This means that every three months, you will receive a bonus of 0.25%.

Your account will need to be active for a three-month period in order to be eligible for the bonus.

Unlimited Withdrawals

Once your money is saved in the Digit app, you may not need to touch it for a while. That is the whole idea behind the savings app. But eventually, you will want to access your money to pay for your goal.

The money stored by Digit is accessible to you at any time. Simply follow the prompts in the app to withdraw your money.

Although you can take the money out whenever you want, it is not advisable to take it out until you reach your savings goal. Try to wait until you’ve hit the mark, but if an emergency comes up then you will have easy access to this money.

Low-Balance Protection

If your checking account balance is getting dangerously low, then Digit will transfer money from your Digit savings account to your checking account. It is the reverse of micro saving, but it will help you get out a tough situation.

By transferring money back to your checking account, Digit may help you to avoid overdraft fees.

Overdraft Reimbursement

Digit claims that it will pay your overdraft fee if the app causes an overdraft. You will not have to worry about the app accidentally causing a mountain of fees that you are on the hook for.

This feature just means that you have less to worry about when it comes to using Digit.

No Account Minimums

Digit does not have any account minimum requirements for its users. This is a great feature, especially for new savers. You want to be able to build your savings slowly from scratch.

The lack of an account minimum will allow you to save at your own pace. You may reach your goal and then decide to clean out your account. Digit will not penalize you for having a lower account balance.

Is Digit Expensive?

In the beginning, Digit will offer you a free trial period for 30 days. At the end of your free trial period, the app is charged as a subscription service. Each month, Digit will charge you $2.99 for its services.

That means Digit will cost you less than $36 per year. Depending on how much you are able to save, this may or may not be worth it for your situation. Before you decide to purchase the app, think carefully about how these features will (or will not) help you reach your savings goals.

Is Digit Safe to Use?

Yes, Digit is a legitimate company that seems to be safe to work with. The company is a startup funded by Google’s venture capital branch. This means that Digit is not a scam trying to steal your account information.

Additionally, any money you save in your Digit account is FDIC insured for any balance up to $250,000. It is unlikely that you will reach that large amount in your micro savings account, but it is nice to know that it would be insured.

Digit’s overdraft policy adds a layer of protection against overdraft fees. Any time that Digit overdrafts your checking account, it will pay the fee for you. This policy may offer you peace of mind if you know that you may be close to that overdraft penalty.

How to Sign Up for Digit

It is easy to sign up for Digit. Simply go to the Digit website and start the sign-up process. You will need to share your phone number, email address and checking account information to get started.

You can sign up through the app or through the website. However, the app is where most of the features are available, so downloading the app is an important place to start.

Within two or three days, Digit should start transferring money to your automated savings account. You can text Digit to “save more,” “save less” or “pause” savings at any time.

What Do Actual Users Think of the App?

I had the chance to interview two current users of the app. These two users both seemed to enjoy using Digit, but each had different complaints about the app. Think about your own situation and how these problems might apply to your use of Digit.

Maddy Osman a travel blogger at TanksThatGetAround.com had this to say about her experience.

How long have you been using Digit?

Since September 17, 2018.

Why did you start using the app?

I had recently started using Acorns to round up my transactions and put that money towards funding my retirement savings. I wanted to see if I could use that same process to save money quickly and painlessly.

What is your favorite thing about Digit?

My favorite thing about Digit is that it works in the background to get me to save.

What is your least favorite thing about Digit?

My least favorite thing is that it’s not as advanced (in terms of customization) when it comes to other options on the market. Its monthly subscription cost is high, relatively speaking.

Are you happy with your overall experience using Digit?

I’d say I’m happy overall but I’ll probably end up switching to Qapital (which I first started using around the same time as Digit). I feel like I have more control with Qapital.

And though Digit offers a savings bonus, which could be useful if you’re saving a large lump sum, Qapital is completely free to use. I hate the idea of paying a monthly subscription for a financial product, especially if I’m slow to add enough money to make it worth it.

Do you have any advice for a first-time user?

Just give it a try — you get 30 days free before you have to pay for it.

If you could change one thing about the app, what would it be?

Add rules à la Qapital so that people can create multiple justifiable reasons to save.

Another user, Ann Marie O’Braskin, shares her personal experience with Digit below.

How long have you been using Digit?

I signed up a year or so ago, but just started really using it a couple of months ago.

Why did you start using the app?

I wanted to automatically start saving in small increments.

What is your favorite thing about Digit?

I love the fact that it takes your upcoming bills into account. It’s more intelligent than just setting up a recurring transfer (which I could just do on my own). And it actually moves the money to another account, so you can’t earmark it for one thing and accidentally use it for another.

Are you happy with your overall experience using Digit?

Yes, very.

Do you have any advice for a first-time user?

Start with a couple of small goals so you can see how quickly the small savings add up!

If you could change one thing about the app, what would it be?

I’d love to get push notifications to let me know how much I’ve saved instead of having to open the app.

Final Thoughts About Digit

Digit offers an easy way to save, but it is not for everyone. The micro-transfer feature of Digit is a good way to start saving if you have trouble saving. However, if you are a pro saver, then Digit is likely not a useful app for you.

Digit is the perfect way to get started for someone who has not been a successful saver so far. The app will give you the confidence you need to get started saving quickly.

By reaching smaller goals slowly, you may realize that saving is possible. Once you realize the possibilities of savings, you may be more able to motivate yourself to save on your own in the future.

Take a look at your own savings goals and practices before deciding to work with Digit.

I love the feedback from actual users!

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