Keeping track of everything you buy, especially if you run a business or get reimbursed for costs, can be really tedious. There are usually receipts in different sizes for each item purchased, and trying to remember to put them in a certain place doesn't always happen. Additionally, since many receipts are printed on thermal paper, their information may fade away before the next time you evaluate spending or when doing your taxes. So why not try a different approach to receipt and record keeping?
Lemon is a useful app for Android that will allow you to take snapshots of your receipts for later use. Photos are stored in your Gallery and within the app so you can view them at any time. Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Grab a copy of Lemon for your Android device.
Step 2: Sign up for a free Lemon account. You will receive an e-mail indicating your new account has been created, but you won't need to take any further steps except logging in to the app.
Step 3: After logging in, touch the camera icon in the top right-hand corner to take a photo of your first receipt. A box will appear to line up the receipt, which helps you take a better picture.
Tip: Try to take the picture in a well-lit area, so the details come out clear enough to read later. The quality of the images does leave a bit to be desired, but they are still legible.
To add more receipts, just repeat Step 3 as many times as necessary.
You'll notice that all of the receipts you've scanned will be listed by category in the main area of the app (this may take a moment to load) with your total at the bottom right. Tapping on a category will open up a list of all receipts with their totals and then also a grand total for the category.
The data plans that Lemon offers will allow you to see itemized receipts, but if the picture of the receipt is good enough, you probably won't need to add these. The pictures of receipts can be viewed by first clicking on the total for the receipt, and then clicking the small eye icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the app.
Have you used any other apps that help keep track of receipts for Android?