New Buckets tab UI

Buckets version 0.39.0 has been released. This version includes a few long-awaited changes. Parts of the UI have been cleaned up, and a few new features are available for those who manually enter transactions.

Cleaner Buckets tab

The Buckets tab can breathe again!

  • There are fewer vertical lines.
  • Each bucket balance is now the first column after the name so that it’s easy to see how much you have in each bucket at a glance.
  • The “Out” and “Transfers” columns have been combined into a new “Activity” column.
  • When you put an amount in the “In/Out” column, the balance column used to grow wider to show how the balance was going to change. For instance, if you had $97 in a bucket and wanted to add $26 it used to look like this:

    Old pending balance

    Now, to avoid having columns grow suddenly wider it looks like this:

    Old pending balance

Improved transaction entry

It used to take a lot of clicks to record a transfer between two accounts. Now you can do it very quickly using the transaction entry interface:

Transfers and immediate categorization

And you can also categorize as you create transactions.

Refunds and returns

Sometimes the math didn’t seem to add up right when you’d get a refund/return on a purchase. Suppose you had a bucket with $100, spent $20 then got a $10 refund. If you categorize that like this:

Refund categorization

Buckets used to say that you spent $20 and had $10 of rain. Now it says you have $0 of rain and only spent $10. Potatoes, potatoes.

Oh, and one more thing: yellow buckets use black text on their category labels now (so you can actually read them!).

Black on yellow

Happy budgeting!

— Matt