Cash for item paid in previous month; item returned current month

I'm curious how others handle this.  I did a search on YNAB and here on the forum, but for some reason, can't find an answer.  :)

At the end of December, I made a cash purchase at AutoZone.  We realized I bought the wrong thing, but I didn't have time to return it until today.

How would you handle that in YNAB:  

Should I do the refund as the category originally purchased and then move the money from the category to the "To Be Budgeted" at the top of the Budget screen? 

Or should I enter it as category "Inflow: To Be Budgeted"?  

Thanks, all!

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  • Put it back to the original category so the refund will net with your spending to create a proper average in the category for reporting and any quick budget features.

    After that it's up to you if you want to leave it in the category or move it elsewhere.

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      • malmomma
      • Beige_Octopus.8
      • 7 mths ago
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      nolesrule Ahhh, I didn't even think about reports!  So glad I asked.  Thank you!

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  • Hmmm...  

    So, I went ahead and did the refund to my Household Needs category, which was where it had been assigned.  I moved the money To Be Budgeted. 

    Now it's showing:
    Budgeted:  -$43.09

    Available:  $0.00

    Under Goals, it's now telling me that my Monthly Contribution is now underbudgeted by $93.09. 

    My Savings Goal is $50 a month for those random things that we need. I haven't budgeted that yet (was waiting for our first pay day of the month.)  

    I'm so confused.  

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      • nolesrule
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      • nolesrule
      • 7 mths ago
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      malmomma A monthly contribution goal is based on your budgeted amount. When you remove money from a category, it lowers the Budgeted amount by how much you moved. In this case it's negative because it was at zero prior to moving the money out.

      Your goal type you selected will not meet your needs when you are moving money out of a category. If your goal is to fund the category $50 every month, you can't remove money from the category and still meet the goal. You can only add to it.

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      • malmomma
      • Beige_Octopus.8
      • 7 mths ago
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      nolesrule The Goals have been confusing to me.  I wanted to be able to budget $50 a month to our Household Goods category and let it build until we need to use it.  I had thought that Monthly Contribution was the way to do so, but thanks to you, I understand a little better now.  Now to try and figure out which goal is the one I need.

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      • nolesrule
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      malmomma You don't necessarily need to use a goal.. There are other ways to set a reminder, such as putting your monthly funding amount in the category name itself.

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      • jenmas
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      malmomma I budget the same amount every month to the vast majority of my categories. I don't use goals to do it, instead I use the Quick Budget feature "Budgeted Last Month"

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