Coming soon: Progress Bars
One of the biggest questions your budget is designed to answer is: "How'm I doing?"
How close am I to a savings goal? Am I on track to spend my whole grocery budget long before the month is over?
What if there were a way to take a quick look at your budget and answer those questions and many more? Enter progress bars.
With progress bars turned on in your budget, you can see how much you have budgeted and spent for each category — as well as your progress towards your goal, if you have one set.
Progress bars aren't showing any new information that you couldn't already find somewhere in your budget, but they take a lot of useful info and display in a highly condensed, intuitive form.
These progress bars reflect the goals, budgeting and spending you do in your categories each month, so they're updated automatically by these actions. In other words, there's no manually adjusting the bars themselves. Only changing the goal, budgeted, and spending transactions can do that.
This is a web-only feature for now, but will be coming to mobile later this year. It's also completely optional: you can show or hide progress bars at any time by clicking the toggle in the upper-right-hand corner.
There's a lot going on here
Progress bars are created and updated by the Goals, Budgeting, and Activity on a category. There are three parts to a progress bar:
- the number of sections in the bar, which represents the time period of the month and/or goal
- the solid color of the sections, which represents the budgeting in the category
- the striped color of the sections, which represents the spending in the category
If you're not seeing progress bars in your budget yet, you will very soon. And there's so much more to them that I can cover in a short introductory forum post. Have fun playing around with them, and let us know if you run into any trouble or have any questions about how they work.
1) Progress bars . . . Thanks for making them optional. Just got them today, but find they just clutter the screen without adding any value (for me, at least, YMMV).
2) Recent Moves . . . this is the addition I've seen others request and thought I didn't need. But I really like how it's implemented. Well done.