Saving money has always been a difficulty for you and you would like a solution that finally knocks that beast to the ground?
The good news is that, in recent times, Americans have gotten better at saving money.
A Bankrate survey in June 2017 showed that only 24% of adults say they have no money saved up for an emergency.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of people surveyed however do have savings accounts that could cover 3-6 months of expenses if an emergency came up.
These are impressive numbers and the great thing is that you can take steps to join this 48%.
An effective way to save money is to automate it in a “set it and forget it” way so you save money without even realizing that you are doing it.
If you own a cell phone and a checking account, the Qapital app might be that solution to help you get there.
Configured properly, the Qapital app can be a true “out of sight, out of mind” way to put money away towards your emergency fund, save up for a trip or even set up long-term goals for the future.
How Qapital Works
Qapital is available to users on Android and iOS devices. It is also now FDIC insured for up to $250,000.
When you first download Qapital and create a bank account, you will have the opportunity to link a checking account you already have. Your checking account becomes your “funding account”.
Next, you will have to set “Goals” within the app that follow particular “Rules”. So you can decide that you have a goal saving $1,000 towards an emergency fund. You can then set the rule that $20 be moved from your funding account to a secure Qapital account every time you shop at the grocery store. You can even set up interesting rules that have you saving money every time you watch an NBA game on your phone for instance.
A more recent addition to Qapital is the ability to create a spending account which links to a Qapital Visa Debit card. The benefits with creating a Qapital spending account include:
Qapital Pricing and Plans
As of November 2018, Qapital changed its free structure into a membership based structure. If you're an existing Qapital member, you'll automatically get access to the highest tier.
For everyone else, you get a 30 day free trial, before you have to start paying. You can try Qapital here for 30 days free.
The plans are:
Basic ($3/mo) - The basic plan gives you access to Qaptial's saving, spending, and budgeting tools. It also allows the goal based approach they are known for.
Complete ($6/mo) - The complete plan is an all-in-one financial solution. The goal is to seamlessly integrate Qapital's tools into a complete picture for you. This level includes the invest tools.
Master ($12/mo) - The master plan is for people that want a greater understanding of their money. You get all the options of the lower plans, but also exclusive webinars and in-app challenges.
As of now, we only see value in the Basic plan.
How To Access The Money You Save With Qapital
When you save money with the Qapital app, the money is held at Wells Fargo.
However, the only way to access the money is through the Qapital app by transferring it to your regular checking account or you could get cash back when you use it in a store.
Withdrawal of your money can be made at any time and is free of charge.
If life happens and your funding account gets too low, you can simply pause the rules or cancel a transfer within the app.
For an app that is easily accessible on your phone and which links to your bank account, it would be surprising if security was not a concern.
The recent Equifax breach makes this an even more pressing need.
Qapital maintains that they do not sell your information to third-party companies and that your personal data is encrypted between the Qapital app and their servers.
The information from their servers to any third party partners is also encrypted so that sensitive information is not relayed from their end.
An extra word here: Although Qapital does provide these assurances for protecting your personal data, it is alright if you are wary of the security features and want to include an additional layer of protection using some form of identity theft protection service.
By and large, the Qapital app is a great, easy way to put money away towards any financial goal you have without having to actively think about it.
The Biggest Drawbacks Of Qapital
Although there have been independent raves about Qapital (like this one) and the Qapital app has a 4.8 rating in the Apple Store and 4.4 rating in the Android store, it would be irresponsible not to raise some of the misgivings some users have had about the app.
Amongst those complaints have been :
- Difficulty linking checking accounts to the app
- Some users report not being to pause rules at all which can be a problem if you happen to be running low on funds from your regular checking account
- The app being overall “buggy” since the Spending Account was introduced
- The app taking too long to withdraw money from external bank accounts to put towards the savings goals (Might be why they created their own spending account?)
Most users however, (as per user reviews in the Apple Store and Android store) are very happy with the Qapital app and the “set it and forget it” nature of the app when it comes to saving money is a common reason they cite.
Final Thoughts On Qapital App
As of November 2018, Qapital has become a less attractive savings app because of its pricing structure. If you need help saving, then the $3/mo tier might be helpful for you, but we don't see value in the higher tiers at this time.
Hopefully Qapital proves us wrong and continues to provide great value in automatic savings.
Check out Qapital here.
Have you tried Qapital? What are your thoughts on it?
Qapital is a free mobile banking app that helps you save spare change automatically.