Annual budget spent unevenly over the year
Under the old YNAB, I could overspend on an item one month and underspend the next month to ensure I didn't spend more than I wanted in a year. As an example, we didn't want to spend more than $1200 a year on eating out, so I would budget $100 per month. If we went over one month, I would still budget $100 but we would know to spend less. I know this goes against rule 3, but it meant we kept to our budget in a year. Is there a way to manage this now without doing the calculations and checking the spending each month.
If I'm not mistaken, you can set up an annual spending goal.
The only caveat is that if you start that goal in a high spending month, YNAB will want you to frontload the funding so it never goes negative. I couldn't tell you for sure if YNAB would correct the negative in the goal itself if you leave it overspent, but I'd recommend covering the overspending regardless.
It seems like you've got some YNAB history, so if you navigate to your lowest spend month in the last 12 months and start the goal then, ideally enough would roll over to support the high spend months. Or you can just start it now and deal with what comes, which is much easier IMO. 🙂