I deleted a transaction but my account balance still takes it into account

When trying to reconcile, I noticed the difference between my YNAB balance and actual bank balance was exactly the amount of the transaction I deleted last night. I went through every single transaction and nothing else is off. Help?

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  • So you deleted a transaction that should have been there? Just manually add the transaction back.

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  • Hi Silver Captain !

    Do you mean you deleted the transaction but it's still in the account? If so, make sure there isn't a duplicate causing the issue. If that transaction isn't listed it shouldn't be factored into the account balance.

    If you deleted by mistake, re-adding it as Nolesrule mentioned should fix the issue! :)

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  • nolesrule  and Faness
    My original explanation is obviously not very clear!

    What happened is that I made a transaction on my cheque card of R14 (South African Rand). I add my transactions manually on YNAB and accidentally added this transaction twice, which I realised when I did my weekly reconciliation. I quickly deleted the duplicate transaction, and continued with adding transactions that I missed in the past week. When all was over and done with, my cheque account balance in YNAB and my actual cheque account balance had a discrepancy of exactly R14. I then went over every single YNAB transaction and matched with my bank statement, and everything matched. Only the total balance didn't!

     

    Now I'm wondering if there isn't perhaps a bug where the deleted duplicate transaction's ghost is still hanging around and causing the discrepancy in my balance?

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    • Silver Captain Is this transaction perhaps still pending at the bank?

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    • Silver Captain 

      Let's run a quick self audit to make sure those numbers are adding up like they're supposed to!

      1. Advance to next month's budget. (The math is easier there, because all overspending is covered.)
      2. In the right sidebar, when no categories are selected, you’ll see your Total Available amount, which is the sum of the Available column.
      3. Add that to the amount you have left To be Budgeted and any amount Budgeted in Future, if applicable.

      Let’s stop here for a minute, just in case your To be Budgeted was negative. If it is, you would need to subtract it from Total Available, because that means you’ve given jobs to dollars you don’t yet have. Preferably though, you would go back to this month’s budget and budget less in a few categories until To be Budgeted is back in the green at $0.

      4. Now, add up the cash in your accounts. That includes checking, savings, and cash accounts, plus any positive balances on credit cards if applicable.
      5. Your totals in step 3 and 4 should match, to the penny.

      If those numbers match, then everything is adding up correctly - meaning that transaction isn't the issue, but there's a difference between YNAB and your bank account somewhere else. 
       

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      • WordTenor
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      Faness there isn't a problem with the budget (yet); this is all in the register. 

      Silver Captain is there by any chance a directionality mistake on that R14 transaction? Or was there on the one you deleted? Also, which direction is the error? (Which account is higher?)

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      WordTenor Thanks I found the mistake!!! I was thinking that if there was a directional mistake then the difference would have been R28, not R14, I went back and double checked my other transactions and I made a directional mistake on a completely different R7 item....resulting in the R14 difference. What a coincidence! Thanks so much everyone for trying to help me!

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    • Silver Captain Good catch! Funny how numbers can lead to such coincidences, but glad you found it! :)

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      • WordTenor
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      Silver Captain "Do yo have a directional mistake on an R7 transaction" was going to be my next question. Glad you found it! :) 

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    • WordTenor I've encountered a ynab bug before, so that's what I immediately thought! Will go through my transactions with a microscope next time. Thanks for your help :)

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      • WordTenor
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      Silver Captain You're welcome! Having gotten and given lots of help over the years, I'll add for you and anyone else who might read this thread that the most common symptom of a reversed direction transaction is usually exactly what you said above: "I've scoured my register and every single transaction is right!" That's when you want to start looking for a transaction that is half the size of the error. I have made that mistake myself more than once! 

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