Negative Assigned on Mobile

Most likely, you're reading this because you saw a negative number in the Assigned column, and you're wondering— "how did that get there?" You're in the right place! This typically happens when a category has cash left over from a previous budget month, which gets moved to a different category, and it does not mean something is wrong with your budget.

Let's walk through an example scenario. Here I had $50 left over in the Clothing category at the end of August. That rolled into September—and I decided not to budget any more money, leaving Assigned at $0 in September for the Clothing category.

The assigned column for the category shows $0 and the Available column shows the $50 leftover from last month

In fact, I realize I need extra money in my Gifts category for September (Grandma's birthday is coming! 🎁). I move $34 there, knowing I'll still have $16 left in Clothing ($50 minus $34 = $16). Any time money is moved out of a category, the Assigned value will decrease by that amount. Since $0 was Assigned to Clothing in September, it will decrease to negative $34, whereas the amount Assigned in the Gifts category will increase from $0 to $34. 

Clothing shows negative $34 in Assigned column and positive $16 in Available. Gifts shows positive $34 Assigned and Available

As long as the Available amount is green or gray, it's all good—there's no reason to worry about that negative number in Assigned - it's just letting you know that more money was removed from the category than you assigned to it this month. If it turned yellow or red though, you may want to move some money back until the Available amount goes back to zero. (You can read more about what the Colors in Your Budget on Mobile mean here.)

Assigning Money in the Future?

While negative Assigned amounts in the current month are just fine, it should always be avoided in any future months. If the money ends up being spent in the current month, it can cause some unintended overspending at the start of the new month. When assigning or moving money in a future month, be sure that the Assigned column never dips below zero!

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