Creating a transfer budget for a liability

Some loans or debts are not associated with a transaction account that can be connected to PocketSmith. If this is the case, you can add the loan or debt into PocketSmith as a liability then create a transfer budget. This budget will help you to track your progress as pay off a debt.

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Tracking debt in PocketSmith

Setting up a liability on the Net Worth page

For loans or personal debts that don't have a transaction account connected to PocketSmith, you can instead  add them as liabilities using the Net Worth page. The Net Worth page allows you to see all your financial assets and liabilities, such as your house, mortgage, car or car loan etc, all in the one place. Learn how to add a liability here: Adding a liability to Net Worth

Using transfer budgets to track a liability 

You are able to track payments towards a liability that you've set up in PocketSmith using a transfer budget. 

Liabilities in PocketSmith are different to your bank and transaction accounts because they don't actually have any transactions attached to them. This means that transactions alone won't affect the balance of a liability because there are no transactions imported into PocketSmith within the liability. This is why you'll need to set up a transfer budget to account for payments towards a liability. 

A transfer budget tracks your budgeted expenses when paying down a debt and automatically reduces the amount owing on that liability on the date of that budget.

You will need:

  • A liability
  • A category (where you'll assign the expense transactions that pay off the loan)
  • A budget

Setting up a transfer budget for a liability

Head to Budget & Reports > Budget
• If you already have a category set up for your repayments, click Start on the category

• If you have already created a budget for the category, 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. Car  loan repayments
Input the amount, start date, and frequency of your repayments
Under Type & Scenario select the account that you will be repaying the loan from
Under Transfer select the liability where the payments are going to

Click  Update or Save
In the  Confirm Updates window select one of the bottom two options to ensure that this change is applied to all future budget events for this budget category

Now you have set up your transfer budget — yay!

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