A small commandline utility to keep track of your finances.

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money 0.2


money is a Unix utility that keeps track of monthly income and expenditure. It is a money management software with a focus on ultimate simplicity: it is currency-agnostic, does not handle several accounts and should not take more than five minutes to learn.

Basically, this was written by a student for a student's needs :-)


Run the file install.sh as root. This will copy the script to /usr/bin and create an initial budget file in ~/.money.


money [options] <command> [parameters]

    --version -v    Print the version number.
    --help -h        Print this help text.
    --file <file>    Specify a budget file other than ~/.money
    --month <month>    Specify another month instead of the current one
    --monthly -m    Shorthand for '--month "Monthly budget"'

    balance        Print the current month's balance
    report        Print all transactions this month
    find <string>    Display all budget entries containing this string
    spent <amount> [comment]    Log a spending
    received <amount> [comment]    Log an amount received


money is a short Python script that uses a plain text file stored under ~/.money to save all budget information. This file has a very simple syntax, as illustrated below.

Monthly budget
    +        900.00 Scholarship 
    +        650.00 Side job 
    +        250.00 Pocket money
    -       1200.00 College fees
    -        375.00 Rent
    Balance: 225.00

January 1970
    +        225.00 Monthly budget
    +        120.00 Birthday present 
    -        161.00 Food
    -         89.00 TAOCP
    -         53.00 Transport
    Balance:  42.00

Each section contains the incomes and expenditures of one month. Sections are separated by an empty line. The first section contains the overall monthly budget (entries that are constant every month). This section has to be called "Monthly budget" (without the quotes). If no section matching the current month is found, a new section is automatically created. The first line of each section is its name (consisting of the month and the year), the last word of the last line the total balance. For lines in the middle, money looks at the first word (words are strings separated by whitespace). If the first word is the symbol +, the subsequent word is assumed to be a number denoting an income. If the first word is the symbol -, the next word is interpreted as an expenditure. Any other text on such lines is treated as comments and preserved. Lines not starting with + or - are ignored and removed (except for the bottom line money draws in above the balance line).

Unless a wrong entry was made or some other mistake needs to be corrected, the user should not normally have to edit the budget file by hand. Manually updating the balance is not necessary, as money recalculates it every time based on that month's entries.

In general, money sticks to Postel's Prescription: "Be generous in what you accept, rigorous in what you emit". This means that any file conforming to the rules in the paragraphs above will be accepted, but money will always save its budget file formatted as in the example.


Contributions via Launchpad or Gitbucket are welcome. Please note, however, that ultimate simplicity remains money's primary goal - requests for features will be considered in the light of this. Apart from that, all contributions are very welcome, be they comments, patches or other.


money 0.2
Copyright (c) 2015 Daniel Vedder

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