New Product: Bsavi, a Spending Management Tool

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Dec 09, 2014
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Budgeting, Checking Accounts, New Products

Budgeting is hard..really, really hard.  When you look at numbers, we as educators are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to encouraging students to set up budgets.  Most recent research seems to indicate that about 1/3 of people actually do budget.  So, how we can help the other 2/3?

That’s where Bsavi comes in.  According to this announcement, Bsavi is an “app will not only help people save money, but it will also help them spend it more efficiently.”

How does it accomplish this?  “Van Zyl says it’s a spend management tool that shows its users exactly how much they can spend on a daily basis after all their planned and fixed expenses have been accounted for.”  So, instead of tracking their expenses and telling you how you are performing vs. budget, it actually guides you as to how much money they can spend.  Imagine, waking up everyday and being reminded by this app, that you can spend $25 for the day and then getting positive feedback at the end of the day that you stayed within your budget.  From a behavioral finance perspective there are definitely features of this product that seem appealing.

Product is in limited beta right now but it would be interesting to ask your students, “Would this app work for you?  Why or why not?”

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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