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Transaction Dilemma: single or multi?

Sometimes we come to a supermarket to purchase more than one thing. In certain cases we might  buy items that belong to different categories.
We pay at POS with a credit card, and get a single record in the bank log. Say, $84.23 spent in Auchan.

Here the dilemma comes. How to make the record in your accounting tool?
Make a record per category? Like this:
$21.12 for foodstuff$35.15 for closing$27.96 for electronic devices But you would loose the bank-transaction value of $84.23. And, if in the future you need to search for the value (checking whether all transaction have been recorded into your accounting tool), you won't find this "$84.23". It simply wouldn't exist in the expenses records.



Another option is to make a single transaction of $84.23. But what expense should it be? Food? Electronics?
Ideally would be to keep the initial value of $84.23, and have the split expenses. Something link this:
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Poor or rich?

Simple question from the first sight.
U.S. Census Bureau defines poverty as a certain income level, which is $1062 a month for a single in US.
However, the life is not such easy. All people are different and have non-identical needs.
House rent, mortgage are not the same everywhere. Deceases, allergy any other special needs - all these raise the expenses.
Another definition of poverty is inability to keep expenses under incomes. And such way is hard to define: under certain circumstances even $1M of income is still poverty.
Furthermore, many people do not see themselves in poverty: the feeling of high incomes keeps them blind towards expenses until it is too late.
We take new financial liabilities, debts, burden. Buying a new house or getting a baby - all this raise expenses and we feel wrong only when our savings fall to zero.



The threshold, point where the lines of incomes and expenses cross, is often not noticeable for the majority. But even this is too late to start acting.

The wis…

Budgeting

What is a budget? Wikipedia gives the following answer: "A budget is a financial plan for a defined period of time."

So, it is a financial plan. Basically this is a list of incomes, expenses etc.
However, most of the personal finance apps track "budget" as a set of limits. Like:
 - how much may I spend on food
 - how much may I pay for fuel
and so on. Such limits are usually set per month.

Setting limits is good approach, it can help control the spendings when user sees he is close to limit, but the month is in its middle.

However, this is not sufficient for The Finance Planner. We think of budget as a list of planned transactions. In fact, this is a small difference: if you plan to spend $300/month on fuel, you just schedule monthly transactions. And when you buy fuel, you cut (split) the planned transactions.
For instance, if you spent $20 on fuel today, you cut the planned transaction and get two:
  - $20 - committed (paid)
  - $280 - still planned.
This slight difference …

Finance Planner Birth

Basic Financial Questions-Where is my money gone? -How much did I earn in the past? -How much do I have right now? -What can/should I spend less on?
These basic financial questions can be answered only by 39% adults in the US (Business Insider). 61% do not track their spending. The ability to answer these is the first step of financial literacy. There are many tools on the market that help track earnings and expenses. Advanced Questions-What should I pay this month? Tomorrow? -How much money will I have in 8 months? In a year? -Is it worth to take a bank credit to start a new business/project? -When can I buy a new house/car? -Will it be possible for me to pay the mortgage for the new apartment?
These advanced questions for personal/family finance management is that our team wanted to help  answers.
We took up a challenge to create a finance management system for individuals, families, small business. Our solution is named “The Finance Planner” or simply "fiP" and planning was our prim…