Homey - Chores and Allowance

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Chore app is jam-packed with features, but also some bugs.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

With parental support, kids can learn about personal responsibility and time management. They can also start to learn about fiscal responsibility, saving money, and budgeting for the things they want or need.

Ease of Play

Expect to spend some time setting everything up, but a FAQ on the website can help with any questions. Younger kids will likely need help getting started. The app seems prone to crashing in certain areas (accessing gallery, sharing with friends). 

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In-app purchases are available in the parent and teen areas. It is possible to give kids an allowance through the app, either virtually or by way of actual money transfer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Homey - Chores and Allowance is designed to make assigning and tracking chores and allowance easier for everyone involved. There are a lot of features that may be overwhelming for younger users. The free version of the app allows up to three users (unlimited devices), while the premium version includes unlimited users as well the option to connect to your family bank accounts for transferring money as gifts or allowance. The terms of use covers this feature, which involves signing up for a third-party service. Premium service is $4.99/month or $49.99/year. The app is prone to crashing when using certain features, including accessing the device gallery and selecting the "share with friends" menu option. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Parent Written byJaime G. February 13, 2018

Best chore/allowance tracker we ever used

Homey was recommended to us a couple months ago, and we've been subscribers since. All my 4 kids from a 6yo (he has some trouble with it, but manages) to m... Continue reading

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What's it about?

HOMEY - CHORES AND ALLOWANCE is an app for the entire family to use to keep track of things that need to be taken care of around the house as well as things like homework and personal hygiene. Parents set up an account for each family member and assign each person a role: parent, teen, or child. Each role has privileges within the app, which can be customized for a specific user. The parent account has a password to keep kids from meddling in the chores or the money. Once the family is set up, parents can start assigning chores by downloading chore packs to save time or by creating their own. The preset chores include descriptions, an icon, which days the chores are assigned, and whether or not the kid has to include a picture. In addition to "responsibilities," which don't earn money, there are also "jobs" to which parents can assign a dollar amount for completion. Once everything is set up, much of this is automated weekly, and kids can send messages via chat if they have questions or comments. Parent can also complete their own chores to send a message that everyone in the house works as a team. If families are giving out allowance via the app, kids can choose to create "jars" to show what they are saving up for, or to separate their weekly allowance into buckets (such as spend, save, donate). They can choose a percentage to automatically go in each bucket and they may add or remove funds from any bucket. There is an option for parents to connect through a third-party service to family bank accounts so that money transfers happen in the real world, as opposed to a virtual situation. 

Is it any good?

Anything that helps keep track of chores and allowance is a great time-saver for families, and this is no exception. Homey - Chores and Allowance has a lot of features and flexibility that aren't always seen in apps of this type, including the ability to connect bank accounts and a high level of customization in tracking chores. Parents will also appreciate being able to fine-tune privileges for various family members as they get older. Among the coolest options are separating responsibilities from pay-based chores, since some parents like to draw that distinction. Encouraging kids to save for different purposes is also a great feature. Sometimes it feels like too many options, though, and as a result, it's not as friendly for young kids as other similar apps. The instability of the app is frustrating (it crashes on several features), especially for a subscription-based service, and it does give pause for those who are cautious about giving over their banking information. As it stands, Homey - Chores and Allowance is somewhat shaky right now, but it does hold a lot of promise as a powerful hub for family chore tracking. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about responsibilities. How can each family member contribute around the house? Why do you have chores? How can Homey - Chores and Allowance help?

  • Talk about saving money and budgeting for things you want. Why would you save your money? Are there things you're saving for? Are there other ways you might spend your money? 

  • Discuss learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, time management, work to achieve goals
    Collaboration: teamwork
    Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (In-app purchases for more content)
  • Subscription price: $4.99/month or $49.99/year for premium
  • Release date: February 5, 2018
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 63.40 MB
  • Publisher: Homeylabs Inc
  • Version: 3.2.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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