← Budget Burndown
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Visually track your spending against your monthly budget on one simple chart. View your total amount spent and unified transaction history across multiple cards.
I’m beyond excited to launch a brand new app, Budget Burndown.
The idea is simple. Set a monthly budget, which is plotted on the chart as an expected spending rate. Your actual spending plots against it as the month goes on. If you keep the lines matched up, you stay on budget.
This type of graph is called a burndown chart (hence the app name), which is commonly used in Agile software development.
I built this app for myself long before ever considering launching it publicly. I was frustrated at how complicated and spammy other budgeting apps were, and all I cared about was tracking my transactions across two credit cards. Recurring payments like rent and student loans were always the same, but I had no visibility into how much I was spending day-to-day. Using them all the time at work, I realized that a burndown chart was the perfect solution to this problem.
With Budget Burndown, you can track your overall spending and see all of your transactions across multiple cards in a single list. There are no ads, credit scores, annoying emails, or overly-complicated designs. It's completely automatic. There’s no sign up. There's dark mode. There's even a home screen widget.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
- Gavin King
When you open the app for the first time, you'll be asked to link your first card. We recommend that this is the card you use for most of your day-to-day spending. You can link more cards from the Settings menu at any time.
You'll use Plaid (owned by Visa) to link your cards. Credentials are end-to-end encrypted and completely inaccessible to the app.
If you're in a region in which linking cards with Plaid isn't supported, you'll be able to add transactions manually.
Next, you'll be asked to set a monthly budget. We suggest initially setting this to how much you usually spend on your linked card every month (if it's a credit card, this would be your average statement balance).
You can always change this from the Settings menu if you want to challenge yourself even further.
That's it! No sign up needed.
With a card linked and your monthly budget set, your burndown will automatically populate for the current month.
If your spending line is above the budget line, it means that you've spent more than you should have so far. If it's below, then you've spent less than you could have so far. The goal is to keep the two lines matched up throughout the month, which means you're staying on track.
Your burndown will stay up to date automatically for your linked cards.
Save important transactions. This can be helpful when you want to remember to split a bill or expense a purchase later.
Create custom push notifications tailor-made for your needs. Set alerts for when a transaction is above a certain amount, contains specified text, or spending summaries like how much you spent yesterday, last week, etc.
If you want at-a-glance visibility into your spending without even opening the app, you can add the home screen widget to show your burndown on your phone's home screen or lock screen.
Every user is allowed to link one card for free, which is enough for many people. Pro users can link multiple.
1 month free trial, then $4.99/month
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