With a little patience and good planning, you can keep your buildings quite well balanced without the need to spend a fortune on the Macro Manager. The following points can help:
- By influencing beliefs (particularly in year 1), you can make almost all SOULs temporary (HAHA-SUMA-RALF), or almost all permanent (HOHO-SUSA-ALF). You can then take the much cheaper macro manager option of setting everything to the same point, instead of auto-balancing; or, if you want to save even more money and use the micro-view, you can do all the buildings (including new, empty ones) more quickly and consistently.
- Making all SOULs temporary is more effective than making them permanent, because partial heretics (eg HOHO-SUSA-RALF, or HAHA-SUMA-ALF) will still be temporary. However, you also need to consider the impact on building demand, eg SUMAists will disproportionately fill Humility rewards and Envy punishments (since those are the ones they visit first), and RALFists will increase load on your Karma infrastructure (which is very expensive to upgrade, and puts out strong undesirable vibes). Note that these side effects are not always bad; for example, in Hell, where diversity is bad, SUMAism may be an advantage.
- When setting the balance of a structure, anything within 5% of the correct setting is considered optimal. For this reason, you should never set a structure to 0% or 100%; instead, use 5% or 95%, giving yourself more leeway.