Given that subscriptions are a bit of a, ahem, hot topic these days, I thought I would write-up my experience using Bobby to track subscriptions.
TL;DR: There’s a lot of good in the app, but some frustrating parts too (i.e. learn from my mistakes about subscription dates).
I hope that A) the developer of Bobby will keep improving it and B) other developers will not think that the existence of Bobby means that tracking subscriptions is a “solved problem” – because it definitely is not, especially if “A)” does not happen.
I currently use Bobby and have previously used Chronicle:
I moved away from Chronicle because it wouldn’t allow me to enter a subscription in a currency other than the default currency for the region of my device. (Perhaps not a big deal for some people, but $20 != €20 != £20 for me.)
I recently did a short video on Bobby for SCO, for anyone who subscribes to that and wants to learn more
I do not want to sound silly or whatever, but that is exactly what I did a week ago. The video is very good and I instantly bought Bobby. It is a very nice way to keep track of subscriptions.
And thank you for your blog post @tjluoma, I also stumbled into the trap of thinking “first bill” actually is being included in the monthly cost even if it is being set in the future. I also “solved” that by changing the first bill date into the according date in 2019. I am not 100% happy with that, though, because I have a Setapp and an Office365 subscription that I both pay in advance, when a discounted option is available on Black Friday or whenever. So, for instance the next billing date for Setapp is in 2021 and I still would like to have it being included into the monthly cost…
Still, Bobby is a pleasing way of tracking subscriptions which is not that pleasing matter at all…
(Yes, a spreadsheet could do the same, but well, it is not much fun… )
I recently switched to YNAB and while previously having used Bobby and a Soulver’s note to track expenses and subscriptions, I will eventually rely solely on YNAB which does tracking of subscriptions to the extent that I need
I have a good solution for this problem which is I dont use subscriptions for apps. It does make it simpler and no recurring payments to track. I have been retreating back to apple apps over the years as all my favourite apps went subscription.
You can use it to track whatever you want. It includes Netflix, Hulu, etc for colors/logos/etc but you can add anything else you want to. You could even use it to add things like your cable bill if you wanted.