I wrote Spend Wise to solve problems – not earth shattering problems – but a little something to make the day go better.
What motivated Spend Wise?
When shopping, she kept excellent track of the total. She didn’t use a calculator. She didn’t use paper. To my amazement, when we checked out week after week, we were within a dollar or two of her calculated total and within budget.
“How do you do that?” I asked.
“I round everything up to the nearest dollar then the math is easy and taxes are estimated.”
“Oh, that’s clever.”
She went on, “Yes, it works well except when I am about to go over budget. I have to choose what to keep and what to put back. That’s when I won’t recall how much an item costs so I can swap and stay in budget.”
I said to myself, “Surely the world is full of good shopping apps.” When I asked people what they liked to use, I heard a consistent theme that went like this,
“Shopping apps are complicated with coupons and screens cluttered with things about which I don’t care. I try them but always go back to a simple note taking app.”
It seemed good to me to try to meet this need. I thought,
“What if I create the most user friendly shopping list I could imagine by thinking about the way people make and organize lists, shop, and stay on budget?”
I then set my purpose to creating a friendly shopping app.
I wrote the app while soliciting feedback from friends (and some strangers) on how they’d like the app to work. The result is a simple to use and quality shopping list app. Try it and let me know what you think.
That, my friends, is the history of Spend Wise. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.