As many will know Monzo has recently partnered with Flux (See your receipts in Monzo with Flux) in order to automatically see receipts for certain merchants within your Monzo app. I think it’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to where it goes, but at this moment in time it misses out because it only accounts for a super minority of transactions (I don’t live in London )
Last night I thought I’d throw together a little project which uses Gmail APIs to fetch the latest 50 emails, go through them and scrape known receipt formats, and then publish them onto Monzo transactions! I shared this on Twitter:
Actually got a lot of really good feedback especially about privacy etc - In my eyes though this was more about the result of how it looked in the app rather than the journey and the exact solution I used. Jonas retweeted it yesterday explaining how he sees in a few years that this will be the standard (and I for one can’t wait)
It actually got me thinking though as @johncoles mentioned about forwarding the email manually to Monzo and then a similar matcher system took over. This helps with some of the privacy concerns as they don’t have access to all your emails!
Would love to see what other ideas people have about this, and would you trust/use a system like that or are you thinking “oh hell no”?