Ollie masters’ technology and wishes it was simple as Solo Expenses

Why can’t all technology be as simple and safe as Solo Expenses, Ollie wants to know as he struggles to pay the gas bill. And he hits on an idea that will make Solo Expenses an even better money management app – but we were ahead of him, and we’re already working on it…

“But that IS the password,” Ollie hissed at his laptop. “You’ve just asked me to change it, and I have, and that’s the new one.”

His five-year-old daughter Alice looked her teddy bear squarely in his sewn-on button eyes. “Daddy’s getting cross with his computer again,” she told him. “Mummy will be cross with him in a minute; because it’s not the computer’s fault…”

Ollie flexed his fingers like a concert pianist about to play a particularly complex piece before tapping the computer keyboard slowly and purposefully, using just one finger, and spelling out the password letter by letter as he went. Having finished, he sat, finger poised above the ‘enter’ key. “I hardly dare touch this key, I just know it’s going to go wrong again,” he said. He closed both eyes and touched the key, then opened just one, very slightly, and squinted at the screen.”Yessss,” he said, indulging in a small but jubilant fistpump.

His wife Lizzie looked up from where she’d been ‘reading’ to their baby Jack, glad of a break from a book with text no more challenging than ‘one duck’, ‘two monkeys’. “Oh for Heaven’s sake, I’ve never seen so much fuss over paying a gas bill,” she said. “It’s hardly rocket science.”

Ollie, feeling much better about life, said: “The thing is, it feels as if I’m in the control room on a space mission, the hoops I’m having to jump through to pay a bill.

Life’s simpler with Solo Expenses
“I can’t think why it has to be so complicated. Solo Expenses isn’t, and that’s about managing much more than one payment for one bill – it looks after all of our money management. It keeps track of everything we spend faster than it takes to say, and the records are all there so we can look back over them and know instantly what we’ve spent. Unlike the gas bill, which takes me ages to pay, and knocks ten years off my life every time I have to do it.”

Lizzie looked down at Alice. “I don’t think Daddy’s remembered about direct debits,” she told the toddler. “If he’d set one of those up, we wouldn’t have to have all this drama every time the bill comes, and we could tell the Solo Expenses expense manager app about it just once.”

Without looking up, Ollie said: “I think I’ll set up a direct debit, then I won’t have to go through this every time.”

Lizzie rolled her eyes and looked at Alice again. “Teddy could have worked that out, and his head is full of cotton wool,” she said. “Unlike Daddy’s, which is only half full.”

Ollie was intent on the laptop screen, and didn’t hear the jibe. “What’s our bank account number?” he wanted to know. Lizzie rattled off the number, and Ollie looked up at her.  “Impressive,” he said.

“Why thank you, Banks,” she said. “Did you know, those clever people at the bank write it on the front of the card for people who don’t have fantastic wives like me?”

With the direct debit set up, Ollie sat back and indulged in a brief moment of satisfaction before saying: “I bet it won’t be long before the clever people at Solo Expenses have linked their expense manager app to a bank account, so we can keep a running total of exactly how much money we’ve spent,” he said.*

(*Little does Ollie know, but we’re already working on it. Perhaps he’s sharper than we – or Lizzie – give him credit for…)