Unpacking To Be Budgeted

At the top of your budget, To be Budgeted represents the cash in your accounts that hasn't been budgeted yet. If it's red, you have budgeted more money than you actually have in your accounts. It's important to keep it green so you can trust the Available amounts in your categories, so you'll want to avoid budgeting future income.

We'll cover how To be Budgeted is calculated—and what to do if it seems too high or too low.

Calculating To be Budgeted

Right next to To be Budgeted is the breakdown of the formula.

Let's take a look at each line individually.

Funds for [Current Month]

First, you start with funds for the current month. This value includes any remaining amount  To be Budgeted from the previous month, plus the total of all cash transactions categorized as Inflow: To be Budgeted. (This number is also impacted by credit cards with a positive balance, but we'll stick to the basics here.)

In the example above, we start with $2,000 in Funds for April.

Overspent in [Previous Month]

If there was any cash overspending (indicated in red) in the previous month, that amount will be deducted from the next month, because those dollars are goneCredit overspending is handled differently.

Going back to the example, it looks like there was $50 in cash overspending in March, so that's deducted from the initial $2,000.

Budgeted in [Current Month]

The next value is a sum of the Budgeted column in the current month. When no categories are selected, you'll also see the Total Budgeted amount in the right sidebar. Pro Tip: You can expand/collapse your category groups by using the Command-Up/Down (Control-Up/Down for PC) keyboard shortcut.

So, we started with $2,000 in Funds for April, subtracted $50 in cash overspending from March, and now we're subtracting the $1,500 already budgeted in April.

Budgeted in Future

This final value in the equation represents any funds for the current month that have been budgeted in a future month. As you Age your Money, you may start budgeting in future months more and more.

Since $250 is Budgeted in Future, that's deducted from Funds for April as well.

To be Budgeted

Let's recap. After subtracting $50 in cash overspending, the $1,500 budgeted this month, and the $250 budgeted in the future, that leaves $200  To be Budgeted from the initial $2,000 in Funds for April.

Give Every Dollar a Job

It's Rule One, after all. Where should the last $200 go? You could budget even more in a future month—or build up a True Expenses category.

You can budget directly to the category, or you can click the To be Budgeted amount and move it to the category of your choice.


To be Budgeted is too high/low!

The first thing to do is reconcile all of your Budget Accounts. The amount To be Budgeted will only be accurate if your account balances in YNAB reflect your real-world account balances.Also, keep in mind that Tracking Accounts are not included in your budget.

Closed Accounts

Now, look for any Closed Accounts with a balance. If a transaction pointing to a closed account was edited or deleted, it's possible for the account to have a positive or negative balance which impacts To be Budgeted

Cash in Budget = Cash in Accounts

Maybe you've been moving money around in your budget, and you just need a little boost of confidence that every dollar in your bank account(s) is reflected in your budget. 

Here's how you can confirm that's true:

1
Advance to next month's budget.  (The math is easier, because overspending is covered.)
2
In the right sidebar, when no categories are selected, look for the Total Available amount, which is the sum of the Available column.
3
Add the Total Available amount to what you have left To be Budgeted and Budgeted in Future. This is the total cash in your budget.

Let’s pause, just in case  To be Budgeted is negative. If it is, you'll need to subtract it from Total Available.

4
Now, add up the cash in your Budget accounts. That includes checking, savings, and cash accounts, plus any positive balances on credit cards.
5
Your totals in step 3 and 4 should match, confirming every dollar in your account is reflected in your budget—and not a single more.

Now, you can confidently move money if you’d like any dollars to be in a different category!

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