How do I submit an expense by text message?

Once your phone is registered you can text your expenses the number you got the verification request from, which should be (573) 397-5168. The format of the text should be: envelope name, followed by the amount, then the description of the expense.

For example, if you have an envelope named ‘Groceries’ and you spend $15.00 at Food Mart, you would send a text with this text:

groceries 15.00 Food Mart

You will receive a response with the updated balance of the envelope. You can also abbreviate the envelope name, you just have to have enough of the envelope name to determine which envelope you are requesting. And, you don’t have to include the zeros on the end of the number. For instance the above text could also be sent as:

groc 15 Food Mart

If you have bank or credit card accounts setup in Budget Ease, you can associate a transaction to an account in the text message by following the amount with the account name. For instance, if you have an account called ‘Checking’ and you want the above transaction to be associated with that account, you would send:

groc 15 checking Food Mart

As with envelope names you can abbreviate the account name like so:

groc 15 check Food Mart

How do I check an envelope balance by text?

Once your phone is registered you can request balances by texting the same number you got the verification text from, which should be (573) 397-5168. The format of the text should be: the word ‘balance’ or ‘bal’ followed by the envelope name. For example, if you have an envelope called ‘Food’ and you want to check the balance you would send:

bal food

How do I submit a credit by text?

The format for a credit message is the same as an expense except you put ‘credit’ in front of it. So if you returned an item for $23.45 to Food Mart and you want it to credit your groceries envelope, you might send this:

credit groc 23.45 Food Mart return

How do I attach a receipt to an expense?

If you want to attach an image of a receipt to a transaction, you can simply take a picture of your receipt then submit the transaction text as described above and send your text to You must send it to not the regular texting phone number! The texting phone number cannot handle attached images, so if you send it there, the image will be lost.

Do you have a smart phone app?

Yes, we have an Android app in the Google Play store. Click here to view that app

And an iPhone app. Click here to view in the app store

How do I register my phone with Budget Ease to submit expenses by text message?

To register your phone with your account go to the the Profile page, click the ‘add’ link under the Phone Number.


In the window that comes up, enter the phone number you want to register with the user and click send-verification-button.

This will send a text message to the phone number you entered. You just need to respond to the text message to complete the registration.