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SimchaBucks FAQ

1. What is SimchaBucks?

Going to an Event:

2. How do I start?
3. Why do you ask for my household income (or for other information)?
4. Should I bring cash, gift card or a gift from a registry?

Having an Event:

5. How do I start?
6. How do I use the Revenue Projection tool?
7. How do I keep track of gifts and Thank-You notes?
8. How do I edit the gifts information in the table?
9. How do I upload an Excel file with my personal data?

1. What is SimchaBucks?
SimchaBucks helps event goers figure out how much money they should give at an event, such as a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, baby shower or graduation.
For event holders, SimchaBucks can help estimate how much money can be expected to recieve.
SimchaBucks also helps event holders manage the thank-you note process by storing the names of the gift givers and the gifts they gave, makeing tracking and thank-you note sending easier.

Going to an Event:


2. How do I start?
Go to our gift calculator, fill in the needed information and press the "How much should I bring" button.
SimchaBucks will tell you how much money you should spend on the gift.

3. Why do you ask for my household income and other information?
SimchaBucks developed a formula that calculates the amount of money that is appropriate based on several common factors.
As many people think that the higher your salary the more you should give as a gift we ask for your household income range.
Similarly, we ask for additional information such as the month of the event (people are expected to give more at summer events) and the state the event takes place in (in some states you are expected to give more money than others).
Check out our Blog for information about gift giving.

4. Should I bring cash, gift card or a gift from a registry?
We at SimchaBucks think that this is a matter of personal taste.
While cash gives the gift receiver the broadest amount of options, a gift from a registry is considered more personal.
If you decided to give a gift card, it is better to give a gift card to a store that the event holder has registered in or from a place that offers a large selection of products, such as Amazon.com.
For more information about gift giving, check our Blog.

Having an Event:


5. How do I start?
If you are having an event, SimchaBucks offers you two useful tools:
The first is our expected revenue calculator, which will let you know how much you can expect to receive in the event.
The second is our thank-you note manager, which will let you keep track of the gifts you received and the thank-you notes you send.

6. How do I use the Revenue Projection tool?
Go to our expected revenue calculator and fill in the needed information.
Please make sure to fill the number of people that you invited to the event (not the number of families).
In the "Estimated % that will come to the Simcha" box put the expected % of people that you expect will actually attend the event (it is usually around 70%)
Press the "How much should I expect to receive" button and SimchaBucks will tell you how much money you may expect to receive in the event. SimchaBucks will also tell you how many gifts you will probably get in the event and, therefore, to how many different items you should register for.
SimchaBucks does take into consideration that some of the guests who will not attend the event will still send you a gift.

7. How do I keep track of gifts and Thank-You notes?
Go to our Thank-you note manager, and create a new event, if you have not done so already.
Click the "Show gift list" next to the event you want to view.
In the main event screen you have several options:

You can also update the data in the table - See question 8 on how to do that.

8. How do I edit the gifts information in the table?
To edit the gift information in the table click the row in which the data you want to edit, then click the box you want to edit.
Enter the new information and make sure to click on the "Enter" or "Return" key to save the information.

9. How do I upload an Excel file with my personal data?
To upload an Excel file with your own gifts data, click the "Upload Invitee via Excel" button, then select the file you want to upload.
Please note that the Excel file you upload should follow the format in this Excel file, or SimchaBucks will not be able to process it.
Please also note that any data that you have in the Excel will be added to the table (and not replace or update current information in the table).