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Yes, these are special brownies. That is, special to us because one of our employees’ moms thought it would be nice to send some brownies to the office! She was super-right, and she just happened to send them on the day that we were already stoked about getting some new Tumblr followers. We took some pics to thank Matt’s mom, and since anyone with an internet presence is now legally obliged to share food photos publicly, we thought you might like ‘em, Tumblr! Thanks for following!

Behind the Scenes at Simple
We recently published this post about how to budget with our Goals feature. It mentions a new feature we’ve recently released: Send Money Goals. We thought our Tumblr audience might be interested in hearing a little detail from the engineer who designed it. Meet Bar.

I’ve been working at Simple for a few months now. When I started out here, I was given the freedom to keep myself busy while I adjusted to my new workplace.  I read through many of our outstanding technical issues and started keeping a list of the ones I’d like to tackle.
One thing that really excited me was the idea of linking a goal to a payment, so that people could schedule payments and save up for them without destroying their Safe-to-Spend. I loved this idea (and personally required it for my own sanity) and got started immediately.

There’s more about how this feature works in the post, and it’s pretty effortless, but of course Bar knows how to hyper-optimize. Here’s how to be a power user, from the engineer herself:

What I like to do is to schedule payment-goals for all of my recurring bills, and then pause the big ones, making bi-weekly contributions to keep the score settled.  This gives me a better idea of where I stand on my Safe-to-Spend.  I even do this for my credit cards (even though they don’t even make it easy to find out where to send checks) because it’s easier to build this into my Safe-to-Spend on Simple’s end than to try to remember when the credit card companies are going to withdraw an automatic payment. Shoot, if your other banks’ websites are like mine, it’s hard even to find out when your payment will happen with them.

Thank you, Bar! Tumblr friends, let us know what you think of this! High-res

Behind the Scenes at Simple

We recently published this post about how to budget with our Goals feature. It mentions a new feature we’ve recently released: Send Money Goals. We thought our Tumblr audience might be interested in hearing a little detail from the engineer who designed it. Meet Bar.

I’ve been working at Simple for a few months now. When I started out here, I was given the freedom to keep myself busy while I adjusted to my new workplace.  I read through many of our outstanding technical issues and started keeping a list of the ones I’d like to tackle.

One thing that really excited me was the idea of linking a goal to a payment, so that people could schedule payments and save up for them without destroying their Safe-to-Spend. I loved this idea (and personally required it for my own sanity) and got started immediately.

There’s more about how this feature works in the post, and it’s pretty effortless, but of course Bar knows how to hyper-optimize. Here’s how to be a power user, from the engineer herself:

What I like to do is to schedule payment-goals for all of my recurring bills, and then pause the big ones, making bi-weekly contributions to keep the score settled.  This gives me a better idea of where I stand on my Safe-to-Spend.  I even do this for my credit cards (even though they don’t even make it easy to find out where to send checks) because it’s easier to build this into my Safe-to-Spend on Simple’s end than to try to remember when the credit card companies are going to withdraw an automatic payment. Shoot, if your other banks’ websites are like mine, it’s hard even to find out when your payment will happen with them.

Thank you, Bar! Tumblr friends, let us know what you think of this!

Save lives without thinking about it — The Notebook

It costs 40 cents a day to keep someone with HIV alive in Africa. 40 cents a day. Think about it. That’s nothing. I give $62 every month to (RED). It might seems a little bit high but really, it isn’t. When you think about it, $62 per month, that’s about $2 a day and help up to keep up to 5 people with HIV alive. Every day.

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Today, I started a monthly donation of $62 to the United Nations Foundation (they collect money for the (RED) organization). with its goals feature, Simple helps me gradually and automatically save up for this donation, for about $2 everyday — that’s almost nothing; it won’t change my quality of life at all, but it helps up to 5 people live a better life.

This is the best! Anyone else out there in the Tumblrverse have any opinions on this? What (barring “having more money”) would make it easier for you to give to charities more often?