PearBudget beautiful, simple budgeting. (This is our blog.)

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Who’s behind PearBudget? Why’d you make it?

We’re Charlie and Sarah Park. We’re a husband-and-wife team, living and working in Virginia.

We built PearBudget when we couldn’t find a budgeting tool that was simple enough for us to use. As a young couple without much money, we were aware that unless we kept an eye on our spending, we wouldn’t be able to stay out of debt.

We looked at a bunch of different budgeting programs, and we realized that they tried to do too much. They tried to do the wrong things. They included charts that were really pretty but didn’t tell us anything useful, and features that were completely unnecessary.

So we built PearBudget, first as a downloadable spreadsheet. After it had been downloaded over 100,000 times, we re-launched it, in an even simpler (and even more powerful) format.

We’ve spent two years crafting this application, paring away everything that isn’t absolutely crucial for keeping a budget. It works terrifically well for us (and, now, thousands of others), and we hope it’ll be great for you, too. Thanks for checking it out!

In 2011, we brought one of our most active users, Ruth Szpunar, on, to help us with customer service. If you need to reach us, send us an e-mail, at, and Ruth’ll probably be the one to get back to you. She’s awesome!

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