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Manage housemate expenses with Conmigo for Android

Use this easy-to-navigate app to get a little help managing money spent and owed among multiple people.

Sharing a living space usually means you will be sharing resources and bills, too. Groceries, toilet paper, laundry detergent, Internet, water, and electricity bills are just a few of the major costs that you'll be dividing. But when it comes to keeping track of who owes whom and for what is when you might be setting yourself up for a dispute. That's why an app like Conmigo exists.

Conmigo for Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Conmigo will help you keep a monetary record of all transactions that you and your housemate(s) share. Think of this app like an upgraded accountant's log, except you can put it in your pocket and don't need a pencil on hand to take notes. Using this app will help keep people accountable for their part of the expenses and prevent others from overpaying when they've already settled their debts.

Getting started

Getting started with Conmigo for Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

You'll want to grab a copy of Conmigo for Android, and then sign up for a free account or connect using your Facebook account through the app. You may need to authorize the app to access your Facebook information if you're taking that route. Before you can start adding dollar amounts to the app, you'll need to add a partner to share information with. Enter his or her name and press the green plus-sign button. You can keep adding other people after this.

Adding expenses

Adding an expense in Conmigo for Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Click the big plus button at the bottom of the screen to add a new expense. By default, the app will have you selected, but tapping on your name will let you pick someone else. Next, you'll want to enter the total cost and select a category if you like. You'll also have the ability to swipe left to create an uneven split, or swipe right to add notes for the expense.

Conmigo for Android can split one cost unevenly -- you decide the amount per person. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Settling Debts

Check out how much each person owes on the main screen of Conmigo. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

The main screen of the app has a history option in the bottom left-hand corner to check out all past transactions in a neat list. These transactions can be edited or deleted by long-pressing an entry. In the opposite corner you'll find the Settle Up option. Touching on the Settle button next to an entry will allow payment to be recorded. You'll see a confirmation screen that shows who is paying whom and how much.

Conmigo lets you settle debts for each person. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Conmigo is also useful for group events -- like a surprise party coordinated among many individuals. How do you keep track of expenses and payments? Do you use another type of app? If so, share it in the comments!