Creating a transfer budget
Transfer budgets are a useful way to track transfers between your transaction accounts or towards your assets and liabilities in PocketSmith. They help to create an accurate forecast on the Calendar page and make it easy to track each of your transfer categories on the Budget page.
In this user guide
Creating a transfer budget on the Budget page
- If you already have a category set up for the transfer, locate the category and click Start
- If you have already created a budget for the category, but need to change it to a transfer budget, click the three-dot menu on the budget row and select Edit / Delete
- If you need to start fresh with a new category, click + New budget. This will open up a new Start Budget window. Under the Category field, add a name for your category e.g. Credit card repayments
Creating a transfer budget on the Calendar page
- If you have already created a budget for the category, but need to change it to a transfer budget, locate and click on the budget
- If you need to start fresh with a new category, click on the date of which you'd like to start the transfer budget. Under the Category field, add a name for your category e.g. Repay Credit Card
Understanding transfer budgets
The Calendar page
Your forecast is based purely on your budgeted earning and spending, so using transfer budgets ensures that you are accurately projecting your finances into the future. Creating as many transfer budgets as possible for transfer categories means that you can look at a forecasted future balance at any date in the future and know that transfers are being accurately anticipated 🎉
If you aren’t viewing both accounts that contain the transfer budget on the Calendar page, a transfer budget will be shown in red or green to reflect whether it is an income or expense budget in that account. However, when viewing both accounts that contain both sides of the transfer, the amount will be shown in black (rather than in red or green like income and expense budgets).
The Budget page
You can easily locate a transfer budget on the Budget page to see how you’re tracking for that period. They will show with a transferred amount, compared to spent or earned for income and expense budgets.
Transfer budgets for assets or liabilities
You might transfer money to a loan, debt or asset that is not associated with a transaction account connected to PocketSmith. If this is the case, you can add a liability or asset into PocketSmith and still track transfers to them with a transfer budget! This might be for something like a personal loan, a car loan, or any assets that aren't connected to a transaction account.
There are two main differences for a transfer budget that is accounting for money transferred to a liability or an asset (compared to a transaction account):
- Creating a liability or asset on the Net Worth page
- Selecting a liability or asset when editing the transfer budget, rather than a transaction account
Learn everything you need to know about transfer budgets for assets or liabilities in the following user guides: