There are several ways to get transactions into your account register. You can always mix and match, so choose the the option that works best for you in the moment.
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Whether you're at home or out and about, whether you have linked your account and are anxiously waiting for transactions to import or have an unlinked account you manage yourself—this entry method is for you. It will help ensure you can always trust your budget!
To add transactions in the web app:
- Select the account.
- Click Add Transaction.
- Choose a Payee or create a new one.
- Select your category.
- Click Save.
You can also add transactions in the mobile app.
If you aren’t sure which category to select, you may want to customize your categories. And if that transaction used up more money than you had in a category (gasp!), it’s time to head to the budget and use Rule Three.
Make transaction entry even easier by creating Scheduled Transactions. They'll automatically drop into your account register on whatever frequency you choose. They serve the dual purpose of quick entry for frequent or recurring transactions and as a reminder for those not-so-frequent ones (looking at you car insurance!) you tend to forget. Win-win!
There are two ways to import transactions. One option is to link your account in YNAB with your real-world account—which will allow you to import transactions once they clear.
If your bank isn't supported (or you'd rather not link them), you can download a file from your bank and drag-and-drop it right into your YNAB account register.
We call it File-Based Importing. You might call it magic. ✨
Either way, imported transactions will match right up with the ones you added on your phone or computer. You’ll even have the chance to approve the matches—or manually match two transactions if the amounts differed.
Mix & Match
Why limit yourself to just one option when you can have 'em all? That's right—you can add transactions yourself, import transactions from a bank file, and have YNAB import them for you all at the same time!
This is especially handy when your account is linked but is temporarily unavailable, or if you're counting down the seconds until your financial institution clears a transaction. Sometimes budgeting is just too darn exciting to wait.