Family permission levels
Hello all. I've been a YNAB user for a while now and have 1 issue I'm hoping someone has a solution to. I'm divorced and share custody of my two children with my ex-wife. I use and preach YNAB almost daily and my kids are reaching that age where I want to start teaching them budgeting using YNAB and the YNAB rules. They each have cell phones and computers at my home, that I pay for. They are welcome to take either or both back and forth between my home and their mother's home (one week at their home with me, next week at their home with their mother, etc) I would like to be able to set up a budget in YNAB for each of them so they can begin using it for wish-farm items, savings accounts, money management, etc. I'm trying to figure out how to do this in a way that they can look at their budgets while at their mother's house and I don't have to worry about their mother being able to look through my financial information. Not that I have anything deceitful to hide from her. It's not that type of an ex-wife relationship, but I don't want her to have full access to my financial and budgeting information for what are probably some pretty obvious reasons. To be blunt, it's none of her business. I've previously added this as a feature request. I'm also aware of YNAB Family and have tried it, but I want the kids to be able to use the YNAB app on their phones, see the actual YNAB interface in the actual YNAB app on both their phone and computers, and learn to use it the way it was meant to be used, without worrying that my ex-wife can also look at my finances when they are with her. Does anyone have any type of suggestions as to how this can be done? It is the one thing that is preventing me from bringing my kids into a budgeting, money-conscious, YNAB world of money.
As of this writing, the only option is to get another subscription to YNAB for the kids, and set up each of their budgets in there, so they could access it here, there and everywhere, and your ex could see any or all of their budgets but obviously not yours, because it's a different account.
Yes, not ideal. But it would work. Curious what YNAB team will come up with, (and when) and if it would solve your scenario.
Hi Cyan Steel ! I love that you're passionate about teaching your children more about finances!
We are looking closely at multi-user features, and the others needed to support it. I can't say for certain how we'll implement them, but they're in the works. You mentioned you've submitted a previous Feature Request, but if any of the details above have changed, or weren't originally included—I think this is a solid use case that our team could learn from.