Negative activity is added to inflow...?

I just started a new budget in YNAB app (all budget reset to 0)

I have all my accounts set up with the money on it. This checks out with what is actually found in the bank accounts. 

I have some transactions (payments already recorded and cleared). These are identified as negative activity. 

The weird things is that the inflown shown in YNAB is equal to : total on accounts + this negative activity. 

So in the end i have an inflow greater that what is on the accounts.... isn’t that weird ?

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  • Can you post a screenshot?

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  • Hi Silver Door !

    As Mamster stated, I think a screenshot would be helpful! Where are you seeing those transactions reported as negative activity? Since this is a new budget, did you import those transactions or manually enter them? 

    Let us know a few more details and we'll go from there! :)

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    • Faness The negative transactions were entered manually. I have no linked account (Europe based)

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    • Silver Door Got it! Thanks for posting those screenshots! :)

      It looks like you've added the funds to your budget, but you haven't budgeted them towards your categories. Is your To Be Budgeted, the amount at the top of your budget, still €81 075,69? You want to allocate that amount to your different categories.

      So budget €1 075 towards Groceries, and €2 000 towards savings, etc. Budget all of your funds towards your different categories until To Be Budgeted is zero.

      Once that's done, your Total Available will equal all of the funds you had available minus the funds you've spent on your expenses.

      When you have a moment, take a look at this short video. It goes over getting started in your new budget. If you have a moment, I also suggest taking one of our free, online workshops. :)

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    • Faness hello. My to be budgeted is 81312,91€ so exactly 81075,69+273,22.

       

      That is the weird thing. I only have 81075€ yet I can budget more. 

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    • Silver Door In your budget, it says your Inflows are 81312,91€. Do you have another account added with additional funds? If not, try clicking on the Reports button in the upper left hand corner. The Income v Expense report will list all of the income for that month (to show you where that 81312,91€ is coming from).

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    • Faness Yes so the total inflow is incorrect from my point of view. I don't have any other account. The Report tab does not provide any useful information. I linked the .tsv for you just in case

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      • mamster
      • Tan_Drill.1
      • 5 days ago
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      Silver Door Could you post a shot of the transaction register?

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    • mamster 

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      • mamster
      • Tan_Drill.1
      • 5 days ago
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      Silver Door Why are those transactions from May? If you haven't used YNAB in months, I would just do a Fresh Start at this point rather than trying to figure out what's broken far in the past.

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      • mamster
      • Tan_Drill.1
      • 5 days ago
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      mamster Sorry, I just reread your initial post. Did you make a fresh start but then add some old transactions? I wouldn't do that. Add your starting balances as of today (December), not March, and don't add any transactions that have already cleared (because they're already reflected in your starting balances).

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    • mamster European style date. 05/12 is 5th december

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      • mamster
      • Tan_Drill.1
      • 5 days ago
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      Silver Door ha ha oops :)

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  • Do you have a credit card on budget?

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    • nolesrule no

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  • I believe we are getting over our head here. Look at the mathematics. The 'to be budgeted amount' equals what I have on my account + the negative amount. 

     

    In other words, it seems there is a problem in the source code. It adds up negative amount instead of subtracting it. 

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    • Silver Door 

      Would it be okay if I took a closer look at things? If you’re up for it, go ahead and enable Support Access for your account. Once you’ve done that, let me know—and mention whether you’d like to continue the discussion here or via email instead. :)

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    • Faness It's enabled. Please let's continue by email and maybe post the final solution here to help other users.

      Kind regards

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    • Faness have you had the time to investigate? 

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      • mamster
      • Tan_Drill.1
      • 4 days ago
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      Silver Door I will be curious to know what's up too. Thanks!

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  • Ok so after discussion with a person from the support, here is the solution with simplified numbers to improve the explanation & understanding.

    - The total bank account amount is obviously correct but the important thing is that I already have registered transactions. Imagine the bank total is 1000 and there are 200 euros of transactions registered. This means that for the currently budgeted month I had an inflow of 1000+200.

    - The 1000+200 = 1200 is what would be shown in the "to be budgeted" because the 200 expenses are already identified. So when I would have budgeted 200 then the inflow remaining would be 1000 and this equals the actual amount I have left on the bank account.

     

    So the mathematics are correct everything is fine !

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