The market for billing and payment apps is crowded with heavy, complex and hard to understand apps. It’s impressive how difficult app developers can make something as easy as reminding you of your due payments!
Don’t worry, though. If you are looking for an app that is lighter, faster and simpler, and still does a great job at keeping up with your bills, we have a great option for you.
Chronicle Mini is an app that can help you manage your bills and payments, to ensure you never get caught out. You can currently get Chronicle Mini completely free (for a limited time) on the Mac App Store. It’s a companion to the full app “Chronicle”, but it works great on its own.
When launching for the first time, you’ll be shown a welcome window where you can learn some of the uses and functions that this app has. Chronicle Mini runs discretely in your menu bar, and from there you have the option to add new payments and view your upcoming ones.
Adding New Bills
From the drop down menu of the app you have the option to “Manage your bills”. If you click this, a menu appears for you to view and edit the bills that you currently have, as well as add a new one.
When you add a new bill, you have a bunch of fields to fill it. First, you have to name the bill, for example: “Credit Card”. Then you can set up a due date, which would be date that you usually have to pay the bill by. Then you can set up a URL for quick access to the payments site.
You also have the option to make this date repeatable every week, month or year. This way you’ll be reminded when the next due date comes around.
Once you specify a repeatable date for a certain bill, it will be added to iCal in a category called “Chronicle”, where it will be constantly updated as you make your payments and set up new ones. Whenever you click on the app, you will see all the payments that are due soon and the exact date when they are due.
Making and Logging Payments
Whenever you click on a bill through the drop down menu of the app, a little menu shows a handful of different options. These include a link to the website where you can initiate the payment, and a little calendar where you can update when you last payed the bill and how much you paid.
Unless you also bought Chronicle, it doesn’t make much sense to log in the amount of money you paid for a bill as there’s no way of checking this data through the Mini app. Which brings us to our next topic…
Does Chronicle Mini Stand On It’s Own?
Or, more accurately, can you still find this app useful without the full version of Chronicle? In my opinion, yes. Well, I guess it depends on how much you plan on using it. I found it to be perfect for my needs and I don’t feel like I need to pay to get the full app, as this one does all I want it to.
We reviewed Chronicle a few years ago, but the app has been updated since and a lot of features have been added. It now has functions like debt-reducing goals, history of payments, payment stats, graphs and a lot of other goodies. It’s definitely useful and helpful, but the Mini version might be all you need.
As a student, I only have a few payments that I need to worry about and I have no debt or big payments that I need to store copious information about. I just need to be reminded of when payments are due, and I like to keep things simple and easy.
The Mini version does just that. It may not have any fancy features, but it works great, it’s very easy to understand and fast to use.
Chronicle Mini is a simple option for keeping up with your payments and their due dates. It doesn’t have any advanced functionality, but it does the job with simplicity and ease.
It’s also free, so you really can’t go wrong! However, if you would like a more advanced piece of software that offers a more full-featured solution, you might be better off with its companion, Chronicle.