In a nutshell: Use categories to distinguish your happy spending from the sad.
In the ‘80s, there was a popular book called 101 Uses for a Dead Cat. Yes, 101 uses. Which is a lot more than you’d have thought, right? Well, there are a lot more uses for 22seven than you might have thought, too. If you have any of your own, let us know. Maybe we’ll write a book. Meanwhile, over the next few months, we’ll post some ideas for you. Here’s the first…
Happiness is a warm bun
Perhaps the question, “how much money do I spend?” is not always the right one, and maybe a better one is “How much happiness do I buy?” Deep, huh?
Take hot cross buns. Maybe you’re one of those people who love them, and always have, ever since you were a kid. Now when you eat them, they remind you of when you were a kid. They make you happy. So you often buy hot cross buns. You often buy bites of happiness.
When we think about why we’re doing what we do here at 22seven, it’s not just to show people a bunch of numbers. What we ultimately want 22seven to do is to help people use their money to do happy-making things. An early version of 22seven had a spending group called “Happiness”. It was there to encourage customers to think about what makes them happy, and how much they spend on those things. And in designing new features, we’ve also spoken about a way for people to mark each transaction in terms of how good or bad (or neutral) they feel about it. But this way of using 22seven is actually already possible.
You could simply create three categories called “Happy”, “Neutral” and “Sad”, and use only those three.
You can see how much of your spending makes you feel happy, neutral and sad, how much you’re spending on happiness relative to sadness, and if you’re spending more on happiness (and less on sadness) than you did in previous months.
Looking at your money this way, you get a pretty good picture, pretty quickly, about how happy your money is making you.
Photo by: Pen Waggener, Fresh Baked Biscuits via Flickr, CC BY 2.0.