Distinguishing categories with emojis

Don't know if this will help anyone, but it is working for me.

I have a lot of categories. Some I can draw from if another category is overspent. Others have been carefully calculated so that the funds in them need to be left alone; ie., a category that is being used to pay for something, like oil, that will be a seasonal cost; or categories that contain savings for annual or irregular expenses. I wish YNAB had some way to mark these differently. But in lieu of that, I decided to rename the ones that need to be left alone with a "rainy day" emoji to remind me.

(I also leave the "rent" category alone, but that's such an obvious one that I didn't bother to mark it yet.)

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  • LOVE this! That's a very clever idea. Maybe that's something we could implement in a more formal way in the future. 

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  • I also love this idea! Am definitely going to implement it going forward...

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  • Good idea, I will be using it as well!

    I use a similar idea for categories with a Target Balance that are fully funded, since there's no other visual indicator that I could find when it reaches 100% (I could have missed it though!!). Instead I update the category name with a check mark emoji ((☑️) at the beginning. I find it prevents me from "borrowing"/stealing too liberally from a category that looks appealingly bountiful. It doesn't work as well for True Expenses that move a lot, but for medium/longer term saving goals like flights for a vacation it seems to both help to prevent overeager rolling with the punches and also gives me a happy boost when I look at the budget.

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    • Kate
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    • sweet_sunshine
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    I love this idea and I really want to do this now. 😍

    Are there any other emojis you use for your categories? I want to see if I can implement more into my budget. 

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    • Kate No, the rain symbols represent the limit of my creativity. I've named some of the category groups with emojis but that's just for fun, and to break up the list of text.

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      • Kate
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      • sweet_sunshine
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      Silver Boa I had a lot of fun finding emojis for my Fun Expenses Category! (Edit: Sorry that the screenshot is so big!)

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    • Kate  OK, after looking at your 'flying money' symbol, I realized that would be a good marker for the categories for which I CAN transfer funds back and forth. I also added an 'exclamation mark' symbol -- not shown below -- for the predictable categories which are funded exactly as they should be paid. So now I have three symbols.

       

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      • Kate
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      • sweet_sunshine
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      doctor_who Awesome! I'm glad I could help!

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    • Kate I love this also! But... how do I do it?

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  • I love that you have a Pokemon category!

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      • Kate
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      • sweet_sunshine
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      Silver Boa I play the Pokemon Trading Card Game and teach kids how to play it on the weekends! It's so much fun but I realized a while ago I had to make a category for all the money I was spending on tournament fees and pokemon packs. 😂

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  • At first I used emojis for "fun" purposes[house, car, etc]. Recently, I used the money bag emoji to label several different savings categories scattered across a few category groups.  I'm keeping those funds in a high interest savings account - now I know that if I click on the money bags categories, their total should be equal to the savings account balance. [I do trust my budget and category balances and that $$ location doesn't matter except that I do want those funds earning interest; this is more as a double-check that I've transferred the budgeted funds to correct account.]

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  • Okay, it could be that fact that I have now be up for 27 hours straight, it could be that while I can take a pile of parts and build you a computer that sometimes the simple things I don't get.

    Where do you find the emojis in YNAB? I looked and looked.

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    • Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) You might find https://docs.youneedabudget.com/article/196-using-emoji-in-your-budget helpful!

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    • Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) Thanks, Coral Hammerhead . I actually didn't know about those shortcuts. Another way to insert emojis on a computer is to go to this emojipedia and copy the one you are interested in, pasting it into the category name.  

      Though be warned this this is sort of a rabbit's hole that will waste more time than you expected. 

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    • Coral Hammerhead Silver Boa Thank you both, so they are added not in YNAB that in why I could not find them. I blame my sleep deprived mind. I will have to check this out. 

      Well off to hit the To Do list, see if I can knock it out by 8AM and then play the rest of the day. 

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    • doctor_who I'm obviously coming to this thread very late but I'm a new YNAB user and just discovered the possibility of emojis. However, I can't figure out how to insert them. YNAB's article says to click on the keyboard in my system tray (I have an older PC) but I don't have a keyboard in my system tray.

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    • Faness Unfortunately this is for Windows 10. I have Windows 7.

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    • Green Nomad Sorry about that! Here's another article for Windows 7, 8 and 10. I've noticed the emoji icon doesn't show in the pictures for the older versions so I've asked our team to take a closer look at those instructions, as well! :)

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  • doctor_who I'm obviously coming to this thread very late but I'm a new YNAB user and just discovered the possibility of emojis. However, I can't figure out how to insert them. YNAB's article says to click on the keyboard in my system tray (I have an older PC) but I don't have a keyboard in my system tray.  I also tried going to emojipedia, but I can't figure out how to actually copy the emojis there. It's not very user friendly, if you ask me.

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      • Moohouse
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      • Moohouse
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      Green Nomad I haven't used emojipedia before but it seems pretty straight forward - choose a topic or type in a search word, you should get a list of matches (don't bother with the 'latest news' category). Click on the desired emoji (I chose to pick 'heart' and went for Orange Heart) and you should get to a page with some information and a copy button. Copy the emoji and paste into the desired YNAB category name.

      If your PC doesn't show the emoji next to the copy button it won't work with your browser. Pick another emoji or switch to a modern browser.

      🧡🐟

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