YNAB for Alexa

Do you have an Amazon Echo, an Amazon Dot, or a Fire TV Stick with Voice Control? If so, you can enable the YNAB skill and talk to your budget.

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How to Enable the YNAB Skill

  1. Go to https://alexa.amazon.com in a web browser. If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll be prompted to download the Amazon Alexa Companion app.
  2. In the menu along the left, go to Skills list.
  3. Search for YNAB and select it.
  4. Click Enable. You will be directed to a login page.
  5. After signing in to your YNAB account, select the budget you want Alexa to use. 
  6. Then, click Authorize.

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How to Talk To Your Budget

Now that you have an Alexa client and have enabled the YNAB skill, you can begin talking to your budget. The YNAB skill supports many different variations of questions and prompts, but here are some best practices to get you started:

To launch YNAB for Alexa

You can say something like “Alexa, launch Why Nab”, which will start the skill with a friendly greeting and asking you what you want to do. Or you can just tell Alexa exactly what you want to do.

To check a category balance

  • "Alexa, ask Why Nab What’s the balance of Transportation?"
  • "Alexa, ask Why Nab for the balance of Eating Out."
  • "Alexa, ask Why Nab are we able to spend any money on Gifts?"
  • "Alexa, ask Why Nab how much cash do we have available to spend in our Gas category?"

To record new spending

  • "Alexa, tell Why Nab to record a new transaction."
  • "Alexa, tell Why Nab I just spent 9 dollars and 32 cents."
  • "Alexa, tell Why Nab I just received 10 bucks."
  • "Alexa, tell Why Nab I received 5 dollars yesterday."
  • "Alexa, tell Why Nab I spent 12 dollars and 13 cents in my Checking account on Groceries."

At any time, you can say:

  • "I’m done."
  • "Help!"
  • "Start over."
  • "Quit."

Alexa is a good listener, but if your account or category names are really long or contain punctuation or rare words, she may have trouble understanding you. Update the name of an account or category to something more Alexa-friendly!

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