The Bullet Journal® (BuJo®) is a productivity system created by Ryder Carroll. Basically, it is a planning system which uses a pen and a notebook, that allows you to plan the future, track the past, and keep the present in check, by writing data as bulleted lists (Rapid Logging). You can track whatever you want in a Bullet Journal, including your finances.
With Ara Spends, you use nothing but tasks, events, and notes in your Bullet Journal finance logs to track your spending habits. The app does the heavy math: totals, stats, and charts so you can easily complete your bullet entries in your notebook. The app isn’t here to replace your Bullet Journal finance logs, the app is their smart helper.
Ara Spends provides data for the followings spreads: the budget log, the expense log, the debt tracker, and the spending habits. The app menu acts like the master index that links them all.
Ara Spends for your Bullet Journal Budget Log.
Enter the planned transactions in the app, by choosing the required category. Ara Spends draws your budget categories in bars. This is a monthly spread. Simply write that down on your Bullet Journal Monthly Log, in any way you see fit.
Plus, transactions got a lot of superpowers: you can attach reminders and notifications (budget), add them as recurring bills, save their amount and description (note) as favorites, and use them to create debt trackers.
Ara Spends for your Bullet Journal Expense Log.
Simply add the expense in the app interface, by choosing the required category. This is a monthly spread. It gives a portion of that category bar a red color each time you capture an expense, so to get a view of how much is left.
At any time, the app shows your total spending compared to your total budget for the categories you use. Just write these amounts down on your Bullet Journal Monthly Log.
The app also set up a spread to keep track of your budgets on a left tab and expenses on the right tab, as a way to see everything easily at a glance. A pie chart is there to show the spending distribution, too.
Ara Spends for your Bullet Journal Debt Collection.
A quick little graph is the best way to get a snapshot of your debts. For each expense that is a debt payoff, the app edits the numbers to fit your progress. Each debt bar gives what’s left to be paid, and your total payoff. Simply put the numbers you track in your debt collection when you see fit.
Ara Spends for tracking your spending habits in your Bullet Journal.
A BuJo ultimate goal is to provide insights about your habits. By using Ara Spends, you’ll get some simple and useful numbers which act as your spending profile. You can get those at any time by visiting the app’s History page.
The more you use the app, the more this History page is useful. To get some insight right away, the first day you launch the app, begin by entering all your budgets and expenses from the past two months, and use the resulting numbers to complete your Bullet Journal Spending Habits Log.
Other useful features included in Ara Spends which help you complete your Bullet Journal spending spreads.
The app automatically groups all transactions in the appropriate core collection: simply change the date of a budget or an expense entry, and it will migrate either to your Daily Log (Today), Monthly Log (Budgets & Expenses), or Future Log (Search). You can access the app menu everywhere.
Plus, the app needs no Internet connection, so it is useful everywhere you bring your notebook.
Ara Spends in a glance.
No bank accounts to link.
Entries are saved on your phone.
The app is fully multi-currencies.
Only a date, a category and an amount are required to save an entry.
Get an automatic notification every day at 7 A.M. whenever there are bills to pay.
Set manual notifications for important transactions and never forget anymore.
Manage your bill payments like a to-do list.
The app is fast, the user interface is minimalist and beautiful.