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Unveiling the Path to Simplifying Household Management and Budgeting



In the ever-evolving landscape of household management and budgeting, understanding the needs, frustrations, and preferences of individuals and families is paramount. These complex tasks, often fraught with manual tracking and headaches, are ripe for innovation. By conducting user research, we aimed to uncover insights that will pave the way for an effective solution to streamline these financial challenges.

Research Objectives:

1. Identifying Challenges: We set out to pinpoint the specific challenges and frustrations that users face when managing their household finances.

2. Valuable Features: We sought to explore the features and functionalities that users find most valuable in a household management and budgeting solution.

3. Security and Privacy: We aimed to determine user expectations and requirements regarding security and privacy when handling financial information.

Research Questions:

1. Budgeting Difficulties: How often do you find it difficult to stick to your budget, and what are the primary reasons for this?

2. Preferred Budgeting Methods: What method of budgeting do you believe would make household finance management easier and more effective for you, and why?

3. Financial Goals: How important is it for you to have the ability to set and track progress towards your financial goals?

4. Privacy Concerns: How concerned are you about the security and privacy of your financial information when using digital tools for budgeting and finance management?

Methods Used:

To gather these insights, we employed a two-pronged approach:

1. User Surveys: We conducted user surveys to gain a broader understanding of the pain points experienced by our target audience.

2. User Interviews: In addition, we conducted user interviews to delve deeper into the existing budgeting behaviors and thoughts of participants.

Statistical Analysis:

Here's a snapshot of some key findings from our research:

- Age Group: Our primary focus was on individuals aged 18 to 24 years old.

- Payment Preferences: 74.1% of our participants preferred online UPI payments, while 22.2% preferred cash, and 3.7% used debit cards.

- Budget Breaks: A staggering 59.3% of participants have experienced going broke in the middle of the month, highlighting the need for better budgeting solutions.

- Budget Categorization: 66.7% of participants spent time categorizing their budget, with 72.7% doing it mentally, underscoring the need for a user-friendly tool.

- Budget Knowledge: 59.3% of participants tracked their daily and key expenses, with 40.7% lacking budgeting and finance knowledge, 22.2% having knowledge, and 37% having some knowledge.

In conclusion, our research paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by individuals and families in managing their household finances. It underscores the importance of addressing these issues and developing tools that not only simplify budgeting but also provide robust security and privacy features.

Stay tuned for more insights as we embark on the journey to create a solution that will revolutionize household management and budgeting, making it more accessible and user-friendly for all.

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