Creating a Monzo Pot e-paper tracker

Description

This project started as a tracker for my boys’ pocket money, so money can be added for doing various chores, and subtracted for spending. To start with it was fine, the equivalent change existed in their money boxes, but with us needing spare change to pay for their jobs ended up with being paid monthly having a piece of paper on the fridge to keep track. This got messy, things where missed and having exactly £6.75 in change for example just never happened. When out and about, the spur of the moment spending resulted in me or my wife buying on their behalf, without firstly knowing if they had enough, and never recuperating the spent money. This was never a big deal, but as they get older it is worth trying to get some sensible money sense instilled in their minds – In short, you can’t spend what you don’t have. This is where Monzo came in to play, as being a member of their Beta pre-paid card since March 2017, they released pots just before Christmas (2017) for current account users. Effectively separate money boxes you can quickly and easily transfer money in to from your main account, I thought this would be a far better solution, as 95% of my payment whilst out and about is always on card, mostly on my Monzo card. “Daddy, I want (insert first thing picked up here), I’ve always wanted one of these my whole life!” – Even though you have never seen that (insert thing here) before, I can quickly open my Monzo app, flick to Account, “You have £3.50 in your money box”. If he wants it, a 2 second withdrawal is made whilst queueing – Done, up-to-date and my boy walks away with a new (again, insert whatever he wanted his whole life here) and is happy! Continue reading “Creating a Monzo Pot e-paper tracker”

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It has been a while! I have resurrected my personal blog, a place to throw my ideas, builds and information relating to anything I am interested in – Mostly electrical hardware, computing and software.

For those interested, I have a strong preference with Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware, making new HATs, projects, and generally making them do things that isn’t normal. Most things are coded in Python or PHP, trying to keep everything as vanilla as possible without bulking everything up with too many libraries or frameworks – I like to keep it as simple as possible when sharing projects.