Whether you’re volunteering or traveling for business, being able to track you mileage is an effective way to offset your expenses. The problem I have always had though is remembering to do it, particularly when I’m finished. With Milebug for iPhone, mileage tracking can be fun and you don’t have to give much thought to it.
Like other mileage tracking apps, Milebug gives you the option of adding a starting and ending odometer reading for each trip. It will remember the ending reading from the last trip and different vehicle’s can have different save states. But it gets better.
GPS tracking is the premium feature in my opinion. When starting a new trip, toggle on GPS tracking and MileBug will follow your day’s activities on a built-in map. Don’t worry it works in the background if you want to use other apps while tracking. Pause your trip if you take a break and resume the tracking later. I found this particularly helpful as I often will travel to a destination then jump in someone else’s car for a good part of the day, and then return from the trip in the evening. So being in the other car won’t count when tracking is paused. Resuming the GPS tracking is a nice way to avoid starting a new trip again. One feature I wish for is a way to start, pause, and end a trip with a big GPS toggle button. I would love to open MileBug, start new trip hit the big GPS button and be on my way.
Other settings include marking the trip for charity, business, medical – all of which have different preset taxable rates. You can set frequent trips and add additional expenses incured on a trip. I like to avoid dialing in odometer numbers personally. So what do I do if I went on a trip and forgot to track it? For people like me, Milebug includes a way to create a past trip and layout the route traveled with pins on a map. This will give you a estimated mileage reading if you aren’t currently near your odometer.
At the end of the tax year, or any time for that matter, Milebug will let you generate a report of your expenses. The report shows a nicely arranged summary and all of your trip details in HTML or CSV format. You can then email those to yourself or your tax preparer. Milebug is a straight-forward mileage tracker with tons of ways to input your data which I can highly recommend!