Credit Card Overspending on Mobile

Rigid budgets break, so we built YNAB to be flexible. The reality is that overspending happens for all of us—your budget is here to help you get back on track. 

If you have general questions about covering overspending (or you're looking to know more about cash overspending), head over here. If credit overspending is what you're after, read on! 

Budgeted vs. Non-Budgeted Spending

There are two types of spending in YNAB—budgeted and non-budgeted. That's true for spending with cash, and for spending with credit. Of course, YNAB is helping you plan for your credit card payments, so credit spending is handled a bit differently.

Budgeted Spending

When you make a purchase on your credit card that's budgeted for, dollars will move to your Credit Card Payment category—they'll sit there until you're ready to pay the bill. Let's say you have $200 available in your Groceries category, and you make a purchase on your credit card for $75.

Once you've entered that transaction in the account, $75 will move from the available amount in the Groceries category to your Credit Card Payment category. It will stay there, ready and waiting to make a payment on the card.

Non-Budgeted Spending

When you use your credit card to buy something and you haven't budgeted for it, dollars will not move to your Credit Card Payment category—you now have debt on the card you'll need to cover in the future.

Let's look at that grocery purchase again—only this time, there was no money available in the Grocery category when the transaction was entered. This creates credit overspending in the Groceries category and no money was moved to the Credit Card Payment category for the payment:

Credit Card Payment Category Activity

You can also view more details within your Credit Card Payment category. Let's say that the balance on the card is $105:

But when we view the Credit Card Payment category, there is only $75 available for payment:

The Credit Card Payment category is underfunded, so let's check into this category a bit deeper!


Tap the Credit Card Payment category.


 Tap Details.


Tap Activity for the month here:

In the Activity, we can see that $105 was spent on the card this month but only $75 of that was budgeted spending:

This means that we can only afford to pay $75, even though the balance on the card is $105, unless of course we budget for the credit overspending this month. 

Overspending as Debt

Ideally, you'll move money to cover overspending in the month it happens. If you do, YNAB has your back—dollars will be moved to the Credit Card Payment category for your payment and you won't have a care in the world when your credit card statement arrives. 

But what happens if you can't cover the overspending before the month ends? You've accrued debt. 

When the month rolls over, categories with credit overspending reset to $0—you no longer need to budget in the previous month to cover the purchase. Now you owe your credit card company money, and you need to budget for a higher payment. Budget funds directly to the Credit Card Payment category in the current month.

Once the Payment amount in the Credit Card Payment category matches what you need to pay—debt from previous overspending  plus money for new budgeted purchases—you can confidently make your payment. Need a refresher on credit card payments? We've got you covered.

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