Can I afford this? BudgetSimple teaches us to strategically chip away debt

With so many online tools to make budgeting household expenses easier, can it get any simpler?

BudgetSimple thinks so. The AlphaLab startup, which started as an Excel spreadsheet for friends, proved so popular—growing from 60,000 to 114,000 users in no time—co-founder Phil Anderson decided to try turning it into a business. He joined the South Side startup incubator and began tweaking the platform and developing a mobile app.

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