Credit Cards with a Positive Balance

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We’ve all done it - paid more on our credit card than we owe (usually by mistake). But, how does it affect your budget when a credit card ends up with a positive balance?

The important thing to remember is this: a credit card with a positive balance acts just like a checking account in YNAB. The positive balance is added to your To be Budgeted amount and you can budget it to various categories.

But … before you do anything, take a look at your Credit Card Payment category. Is the Payment column red? If so, that’s because your payment was more than your budget had set aside to pay. Budget some of that newly discovered money to your Credit Card Payment category to bring the Payment amount back to zero.

Once you’ve done that, budget any extra To be Budgeted money to other categories!

Because this account is now behaving like a cash account, when you make a purchase on a card with a positive balance, no money will move to the Credit Card Payment category. That’s because YNAB is smart enough to know you don’t have to pay back that spending on the card.

Once the balance is negative, YNAB will start moving money for budgeted purchases to the Credit Card Payment category.  

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