Amount to be budgeted wrong?

Hi, guys! I logged into my ynab account just now after a few days of inactivity, and my "to be budgeted" amount, which I always keep at 0 is way too high (like 6 months worth of pay way too high).

Categories that had money allocated to them have negative numbers in the "Budgeted" column. My "Wedding" category, for example, has been cancelled out. The site seems to think I "unbudgeted" all that wedding money and it now is ready to be budgeted again.

This is happening in a bunch of random categories and not just for this month. I'm finding negative numbers two and three months back that I know I didn't put there. I'm afraid to go back and mess with anything any farther than that.

Is this happening to anybody else? My budget is all screwed up now and I'm so stressed about it.

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  • Hi Powder Blue Thunder !

    It sounds like you may have hit one of the Quick Budget options by mistake. There's one option to "Set Available Amounts to $0.00", which takes the funds out of the selected categories and puts it back into your To Be Budgeted.

    When that happens, you can use the Undo button if you haven't cleared or refreshed the page in the web app. Otherwise, you'll need to rebudget those funds.

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    • Faness It was like that as soon as I logged in. And I'm on desktop, so I don't think I could have hit that accidentally. I did try "Reset Budgeted Amount," and that got me a lot closer to 0. But there are still categories that are wrong, and my credit cards are all messed up.

      I'll probably just have to fresh start. :(

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    • Powder Blue Thunder Reset Budgeted Amount changes everything in the Budgeted column to zero, so if you had funds budgeted it would remove them (if there was a negative amount budgeted, it would add those funds back). If you know what you want those categories to be at, you can re-work your budget to allocate those funds where you need them. 

      We actually refer to using the Reset Budgeted Amounts and Set Available Amounts to 0.00 options in conjunction as a Mini Fresh Start. :)

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  • I have noticed this happening with my credit card for some reason. All I did just now is approve a transaction to my credit card (a small $13 purchase) and it increased my Amount To Be Budgeted by $2500, which was the size of my last credit card payment. I have noticed this happening before as well -- at some point, something went tragically wrong and my To Be Budgeted money has been dramatically off.

    These aren't rebudgeted funds, this is phantom money that well exceeds the amount in my accounts.

    Looks like I'll have to fresh start as well due to this bug, but I'm not sure if the issue will persist. Shame :(

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      • mamster
      • mamster
      • 6 mths ago
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      Magenta Horn Contact support. This is their bread and butter, and whether it's a bug or user error, they will figure it out.

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      • mamster
      • mamster
      • 6 mths ago
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      Also, did you check whether the downloaded card payment failed to match and got recorded twice?

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      • satcook
      • satcook
      • 6 mths ago
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      Magenta Horn It sounds like your credit card might have a positive balance.  Look at the account list and let us know what the account balance is.

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    • Magenta Horn Approving a $13 transaction most definitely should Not increase your To Be Budgeted by $2500!

      If you’re up for it, go ahead and enable Support Access for your account - that will allow us to look at your budget. 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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