As college students graduating and trying to find jobs in the real world, we’ve noticed that not all salaries are the same. A $50,000 salary in California does not provide the same lifestyle as the same salary does in Texas. Trying to find the cost of living for the state you want to move to is often not an easy task. CrowdBudget solves this problem by crowdsourcing budgets across the United States. Using our interactive map, users can view the average person's budget in a given location and compare it with their own.
What It Does
CrowdBudget is a browser-based application that allows users to submit and compare their current monthly budgets in their current state to average monthly budgets per state around the United States. Using the CrowdBudget form, users can submit their estimated monthly expenses, consisting of the following areas of interest: rent, bills, gas, groceries, loans, restaurants, lifestyle, savings, and other. This data is then submitted to a database that collects and averages all users’ estimated expenses and redirects the user to a map-view of the United States. Once in the map-view, users can search for any location in the country and see the average monthly budget for users in that state via a popup.
How I Built It
Challenges I Ran Into
There was a lot of headache in trying to adapt the map-view from Azure Map Services to how we wanted it to look. This involved pouring over Microsoft’s documentation to try and find the parameters we needed to render the map-view how we wanted. We also ran into some challenges with getting the map-view webpage to communicate with the Firebase back-end as well as parsing the data we retrieved from Firebase into the map-view webpage.
What I Learned & Accomplishments
What's Next For CrowdBudget
We want to improve the usability and accessibility for our users. The main idea for our project is to compare the current user’s budget with other users’ budgets across the country. We would like to create useful statistics based on the comparison of the user’s budget to the average for the searched state. In the future, we would like to expand our budgeting software to be a more usable budgeting app, similar to Mint or YNAB.