I have used a number of budgeting tools in the past to take control over my finances, but none have ever checked all my boxes. The latest and perhaps most interesting tool I have discovered is ledger-cli.
Startups are hard and it isn’t easy being positive in a high-stress environment. As a younger employee I struggled with this, but over time I have built up some mental tools to help me deal with the downs of startup life - because working at a startup is not all ping-pong and catered lunches. In fact, now that I think about it, I have never worked anywhere with a ping-pong table, going to add that to my bucket list.
Joining the Astronomer Team
In the name of simplicity I am using a Extract, Load and Transform (ELT) architecture on a few recent data warehouse build-outs. In my case, this means that one database server will do the transformation and serving of reporting data. Using postgres json tools I am able to dump my extracts immediately into my reporting database and begin the transformations from there.
Budgeting to me represents a plan. A budget is a plan to maximize the value you get out of your money. Of course, for the vast majority of us, our dollars are severely limited. We are in a constant balancing act of maximizing our long-term and short-term happiness.