We’re two weeks into our alpha testing phase for Nugget!
Since the start of alpha, I’ve been using Nugget to get a real grip on my personal finances – and also feeding the product team a steady stream of (what I hope is) useful feedback and information.
I was personally really excited to try my hand at being an alpha tester; I’m by no means proficient in code, but I love all things tech – especially music tools and apps.
Yep, these are the kind of apps on my phone.
Even better when said tech is geared to help improve personal finance management – something I’ve really wanted to get better at for the longest time.
But Nugget is still in its infancy, so alpha testing comes with a unique experience of trying something before anyone else does.
Nothing’s ever perfect the first time around. Nugget included.
But I’ll be honest: as a first-time alpha tester, I really didn’t know what to expect. As a result, my feedback and comments for product have mostly been reflections of my thought process as I used Nugget, and problems I encountered that got in the way of a simple, seamless experience.
Essays Feedback on Nugget by me, for my hardworking product manager. Blurred out for privacy.
The little things suddenly started to matter a lot – especially when you add all that time up. Like a 4-second delay when editing transaction types, or a 6-minute wait for Nugget to plan my budget (giving me plenty of opportunities to contemplate my life’s direction). Also all the small quirks in Nugget’s functionality popping up.
I’m no whiz but I’ve noted whatever I thought was worthwhile down for the product and tech team to chew on. It might be that I’m fully aware that different consumers carry different expectations, and I just wanted to cover all my bases.
Screenshot of a request from Rachel, Nugget’s Product Manager, just before alpha testing.
Or maybe I’m just paranoid.
Whatever it is, I like to think I’m helping in my own way.
Less time spent calculating, more time spent living
One thing I really liked about Nugget is how it really seeks to automate the dreadful, nail-biting process of budgeting.
You know the drill: writing down your income, projected expenses, dealing with adult life stuff like bills and utilities – and trying to keep track of that all each and every month in a year.
That’s 12 cycles of hell, and while I like to think I’m decent with money, I can’t imagine what it would be like for people who are just crap at it.
Nugget’s driving appeal is that it wants to help me think way, way less about numbers and allow me the mental headspace to actually live my life.
Using the app has made me think about just how much energy I’ve been putting into staying on top of my budget and spending.
To have that extra bit of time and mental energy back might sound insignificant, but it really can tip the scales in your favour. Like, you know, not running yourself broke, and being able to afford things.
Nugget is simple and brutal
Other things I really liked about Nugget: not having any complicated expense categories to sort through and label (Nugget arranges them for you after pulling your transactions!).
It also has key highlights that mark out spending habits very clearly in the transactions screen.
How many cups of bubble tea could I have had with that amount? ?
Apart from feeling severely called out, it was a really nice touch. For someone who can’t always keep up with her own spending habits, this is a great way of staying on track.
Beta launch day is on the horizon
All in all, Nugget’s got a lot of promise, and it really does want to make your life better. Bugs and other functional issues aside, things are looking up. I’m really looking forward to the new version of Nugget post-alpha!