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I've held an account with Simple since July 2014. That was back when they were still partnered with Bancorp Bank. A lot has changed since then.

If you are looking for something that provides a way for you to budget your money by following the envelope system. Simple is something you should consider. I argue it is better than something like YNAB because when you budget something in the Simple interface, it is directly applied to your money. When you swipe your card, you immediately get a notification and you can have it auto-assign transactions based on their transaction types. If you want to be able to set up some automation where you know how much a bill is every month and about how much you earn in your paycheck. Then you can do so based on pay periods and simple budgeting rules. Now if you want a joint account with these features as well as immediate transfers to other people who also use Simple. Then Simple is what you should use.

There is no reconciling of budget with bank because budget and bank are the same thing.

Today I have 28 Expenses (normally recurring bills or transactions). My paycheck comes in and that money gets sorted into the various expenses and goals. After that, I go buy groceries and if the transaction didn't get assigned or get assigned to the correct expense I can do so before I leave the store. This business has greatly helped me manage my finances on a level I just could not achieve with YNAB or Actual budget software. All because the budgets I designed were not close enough to my money. There is no reconciling of budget with bank because budget and bank are the same thing.

So, what are the drawbacks?

There are a few. Every feature they have come out with is helpful, but slightly off.

  1. Moving money to and from Expenses, Goals, or Safe to Spend does not show up in the activity log. This makes debugging your automation difficult. It's hard to see where the money got moved to or if you accidentally sent a large chunk of money into the wrong expense or goal.

  2. If you have over-budgeted your paycheck it is difficult to see which expenses are now off track. Meaning, if I need $100 a month for something and I was only able to put in $45 for the first paycheck. Simple will try to make up the difference on the next pay period with $55 instead of the normal $50. This can be detrimental if you are tight on money. (I'd recommend doing the transferring manually until you understand the automation better)

  3. Expenses or Goals don't have a way for you to only fund up to a certain amount. Leading to bleeding/bloating of those envelopes. Meaning if your bill ranges between $25 - $50 but you don't want the total deposited amount to exceed $50. You can't. The expense will slowly fill up with unspent money that you will have to keep on top of and transfer to another goal that may need it more.

  4. No split transactions. There are a lot of times I go to the store and buy clothing and groceries. For me, those are two different expenses. For me to satisfy my budget, I have to move money from my clothing expense into my grocery expense for it to be accurate. However, my activity feed does not accurately represent the change (per point 1)

  5. When I first joined their support was responsive and candid. They were personal and would help resolve issues. Maybe even have conversations with you about suggestions. Today, it takes several days to hear back. They don't read your messages and often paste in canned responses from their FAQ.

There are some other drawbacks that I don't encounter but I can see them being a pain. You can follow them on social media and see what people are wanting to be changed or added. So I won't go into those.

Besides the drawbacks I love simple. The automation feature they added sometime last year. This made my life much easier especially after becoming very comfortable with my budget. People that I have recommended Simple to have come back to me excited saying this is one of the best things they have decided to do and it's been exciting to wait for payday and watch the money get put into its proper envelope.

[Edited by User4133612, December 30]


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Great customer support, ZERO fees/minimums and my favorite feature BY FAR is their mobile check deposit hold times (or lack thereof). Deposit a check in the app by 5 p.m. EST and funds are available for use at 3 a.m. EST that next day! *Only that quick on business days (Monday-Friday) and $2,000 USD check deposit limit or day. A+++