Negative Budgeted Amounts on Mobile

Most likely, you're reading this because you saw a negative number in the Budgeted 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. Let's walk through a scenario.

Here I had $84 left over in the Clothing category at the end of February. That rolled into March—and I decided not to budget any  more money, leaving Budgeted at $0 in March.

In fact, I realize I need extra money in my Gifts category for March (lots o' birthdays) and move $34 there, knowing I'll still have $50 left in Clothing:

Same as any time money is moved out of a category, the Budgeted value will decrease by that amount. Since $0 was Budgeted in Clothing, it will decrease to negative $34, whereas the amount Budgeted in the Gifts category will increase from $25 to $59.

As long as the Available amount is green, it's all good—there's no reason to worry about that negative number! If it turned yellow or red though, you may want to move some money back.

Budgeting in the Future?

While negative Budgeted 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 budgeting or moving money in a future month, be sure that the Budgeted column never dips below zero!

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