Outflow input for "Inflow: To Be Budgeted"

Hi all,

I wonder why we can enter anything in the Outflow input when budgeting for "Inflow: To Be Budgeted" category. Often times I enter my income in the Outflow input (you know what happens next, don't you?), because it's the first numeric input after choosing the category (I use Tab to quickly move between input fields). Are there any cases when we enter Outflow instead of Inflow when budgeting for this category, aside of Manual Balance Adjustment transaction (which is generated anyway)?

Thanks in advance,

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  • You know, that's a really good point.

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  • While it is not common, I have had situations where my financial institution shows an inflow for interest, then later reverses out a portion of that inflow.  When that happens, I'd want the inflow and outflow to have the same category, which would be TBB according to the standard way to use YNAB.

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  • Agreed. An Inflow:TBB should default to an inflow in the register. I have made the same mistake a few times and had to correct it when things went wrong. Now I pay more attention, but it should be automatic.

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  • Notwithstanding the fact that once in a great while I might want an outflow as TBB, making the program default to inflow (changeable by user action) for a category of TBB is a really good idea.

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  • Not sure about this, but I think I've read how some YNABers who track their gross income use the outflow categorized to Income:TBB to show the amounts that flow to various accounts, which they have in tracking.

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  • Hi Ferdi (exsharaen) !

    As mentioned in a few of the posts above, the outflow Inflow: To Be Budgeted option is used in rare occasions - mostly to adjust your accounts. We used to suggest handling refunds in this manner (and still do in some cases), along with other miscellaneous things such as tracking Gross income or transaction adjustments.

    Right now, when entering a transaction, there is not default for inflow or outflow. You can send a Feature Request over to our development team to let them know what you'd like to see going forward! :)

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