Credit Card Rewards and Statement Credits

If you're the proud recipient of a hard-earned cash back reward or a statement credit, you may be wondering how to categorize it. 

It's an inflow, so we'll default to categorizing it that way by choosing Inflow: Ready to Assign.

An inflow to a credit credit account is categorized as Inflow: Ready to Assign.

Since it's an inflow to a credit card account, though, you won't see Ready to Assign increase—unless it created a positive balance on the card. The inflow simply reduces the balance owed on that card. This accurately reflects what happened in your account: the credit is applied, and now you owe less money.

If you're working to pay down debt, you're that much closer now!

But what if you had already budgeted for the entire balance on the card? Let's say you owed $475 before receiving a cash back reward for $75—and you already had the full $475 set aside in your Credit Card Payment category. Now you only owe $400.

A Visa account has a balance of -$400. There is $475 available in the Visa credit card payment category.

You have $75 you can move to other categories of your choice.

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