Using the Budget page

See all of your budgeted categories and a budget summary in one place. The Budget page is your hub for creating and understanding your budgeted categories⚡️

In this article

Budget page overview

On the Budget page, you can:

  • Create new budgets
  • Make changes to existing budgets
  • Compare your overall earning and  spending  using the budget summary
  • View the current budget for a category 
  • View the total budget for a category based on specific dates

The Budget page has two main sections to help you understand your budget in PocketSmith 

  • The overall budget summary at the top of the page
  • Your individual budgeted categories further down the page

Both of these sections can be viewed and analyzed independently of each other, however, they also relate to each other and you can use both sections together to get a thorough grasp of your earning and spending!

The budget summary section

The budget summary takes into account your overall earning and spending budgets, presenting the full sum of all of your budgeted categories, for the date period selected. 

By default, the totals at the top of the page will be based on all budgets that occur in the current calendar month. However, you can change these dates to look at past dates! Learn more about this below.

Budgeted categories section

Whereas your individual budgeted categories, further down the page, show information based on each category's budget and it's current budget period. We go into more detail about this below. 


Understanding your budget summary

The budget summary at the top of the page is designed to give you an overview of all of your earning and spending budgets!

The date picker

At the top of the summary, you can select the date picker to choose a date range you'd like the budget summary to be based on. You can choose from one of the provided options or select Custom Range and enter a specific date range. To apply a new date range, click APPLY.

Note

The date range will only apply to the earning and spending bars in the Budget Summary and not your individual budget categories further down the page unless Apply date range to entire page is ticked. When this option isn't ticked your budgeted categories further down the page will be based on the current budget period for that category.

Learn more about this option here:  Applying the budget summary date range to the entire page

Your earning and spending bars

There are two bars in the budget summary - one represents your total income budgets and the other represents your total expense budgets.

  • The grey background of the bars represents the total budgeted figure for either your earning or spending
  • The bars will fill up with green (income/earning) or red (expense/spending) as you earn or spend money in the respective budgets
  • If you budgeted to earn more than you spend, a surplus section will show on the spending budget bar
  • If you budgeted to spend more than you earn, a deficit section will show on the earning budget bar
  • You can click on either bar to see a break down of your budgeted versus actual earned or spent amounts along with how you're tracking
  • We'll let you know if you're above or below target for your income budget, or whether you have any leftover or you've overspent in your expense budget

Understanding your budget categories

Default behavior 

By default, the information you'll see in the budget bars beside each of your categories is based on the current budget period for the category. 

For example: 

You have a repeating fortnightly expense budget for your 🍎  Groceries category of $200. This budget was started on October 1.

  • The first budget period will run from October 1 - October 14
  • The second budget period will run from October 15 - October 28
  • The third budget period will run from October 29 - November 11

If you view this budgeted category within the Budget page on October 17, the budget information that will be displayed within the budget bars will be based on the second budget period from October 15 - October 28.

Note

You can change the period shown for each category so that it matches the date range in your budget summary - you can see more about this below, in the section:  Applying the budget summary date range to the entire page

Budget types

PocketSmith uses different icons to show different budget types.

  • Budget - a regular budget
  • Bill - a category set up as a bill (see article: Bill categories)
  • Transfer - a category that is set up as a transfer (see article: Dealing with transfers in PocketSmith)
  • Unbudgeted category - a category that does not have a budget

Terminology and features on the budget bars

There are many different variables that can affect how a budget category is displayed. We've made sure to consider as much as possible so you can see an accurate representation of your budgeted earning and spending. Here are some common scenarios you might notice alongside your budget categories.

  • Budget total
    The full budgeted amount and period will be displayed on the far right of the category row. For example, this Entertainment budget is set up as $332 / month:

    Income budgets will show the full budgeted amount and period in green. For example, this Salary and Wages income budget is set up as $3,295 / month:

  • Expense budget
    The budget bar will fill up as you spend money within an expense budget. For example, $284 has been spent out of a total budget of $554 / month for this Groceries budget. There is $270 left to spend:

  • Income budget
    The budget bar will fill up as you earn money against an income budget. For example, $1,488 has been earned out of a total budget of $3,295 / month for this  Salary and Wages income budget. There is $1,807 to go:

  • Transfer budget
    The budget bar will fill up as money is transferred from one account to another. For example, $310 has been transferred out of a total of $332 / month for this  Repay Credit Card budget. There is $22 pending that is still budgeted to be transferred:

  • Exceeding an expense budget
    If you spend more than you budgeted, the budget bar will be adjusted to represent your total spending and any spending over budget will be displayed in red. For example, $615 has been spent out of a total Entertainment budget of $332 / month. The budget bar shows that $283 has been overspent:

  • Exceeding an income budget
    If you earn more than you budgeted, the budget bar will be adjusted to represent your total earnings and any earning over budget will be shown. For example, $1,488 has been earned out of a total Salary and Wages budget of $500 / 2 weeks. The budget bar shows that $988 has been earned above target:
  • Alerts
    The budget bar will display an ! icon when you're close to reaching the budgeted amount:
  • Timeframe for each budget
    A pointer will indicate how far through the budget period you are based on the current budget period being viewed:

Transactions from each budget category

The number of transactions assigned to a category within the period of the row will be displayed to the right of the category name. You can click on this number to quickly view the transactions in a pop-up and then to also choose the option VIEW ON THE TRANSACTIONS PAGE.

Unbudgeted categories

All of your categories are displayed on the Budget page regardless of whether they have a budget set up or not. This makes it easy for you to  create a new budget straight from the Budget page.

  • Un-budgeted categories are represented with a folder icon
  • Click Start to create a new budget
  • The figure displayed on the far right of the category row reflects the average spending or earning in that category (as opposed to a budgeted category, where the figure reflects the budgeted amount)

Applying the budget summary date range to the entire page

If you'd like to analyze your individual budget categories based on the date range that is being applied to the budget summary at the top of the budget page, you can do this by selecting Apply this date range to the entire Budget page.

How the budget summary date range is applied to your individual budget categories:

Once the budget summary date range is applied to your individual budget categories, non-bill categories will be calculated differently to bill categories.

Non-bill categories

  • PocketSmith will evenly distribute the budget for non-bill categories over the entire budget period when Apply this date range to the entire Budget page is selected
  • What this means is, if a budget period only partially fits into the date range being displayed, the budgeted amount calculated will include just the portion of the budget period that is within this range

Example
John has a $90 expense budget for his 🍬 Treats category that runs from November 1 - November 30. However, John has set his Budget Summary date range to show from November 1 - November 14 and has ticked Apply this date range to the entire Budget page.

Because  PocketSmith will evenly distribute this $90 budget across November 1 - November 30, once John has decided to apply the date range of November 1 - November 14 to the entire Budget page, the budgeted amount showing beside his 🍬 Treats category will only be for $42.

Bill categories

  • PocketSmith will treat bill category budgets as whole amounts that occur on the day the budget starts (or repeats)
  • Repeating bill budgets are not distributed over the budget period from the budget start date to the next repeat date 

Example
Sally has a budget of $90 for one of her bill categories called ⚙ Insurance. She started this budget on November 1 and it is set to repeat every three months. Sally sets the budget summary date range to show from November 1 - November 14 and has ticked Apply this date range to the entire Budget page.

PocketSmith will not distribute this budget amount of $90 across that three month period, and instead, only considers the bill to take place on November 1st (and then again on the date three months later). So once Sally has decided to apply the date range of November 1 - November 14 to the entire Budget page, the budgeted amount showing beside the ⚙  Insurance category will be the full $90.


Roll-up: parent and sub-categories

If you've  created parent and sub-categories you can analyze your budgets in terms of individual sub-categories, or you can roll them up to see budget analysis on a parent category. 

Just click on the arrow at the end of the row to roll-up the total of the sub-category budgets into a parent budget.

The roll-up budget will display alongside the parent category and you will still be able to view the individual sub-category totals.


Display options

You can use the column titles on the Budget page to change the order your categories are displayed. By default, the category order on this page will be based on the category order from the Categories page (see article:  Change the category order). 

Click on any of the column titles to change the display order accordingly.

  • Category
    Allows you to view in the default category order, alphabetically, or, reverse alphabetically.
  • Items
    View budgets according to the number of transactions assigned to them. Choose to view in ascending, or descending order.
  • Budget
    This option orders budget categories according to the portion of the budget that has been spent or earned. Choose to view from greatest portion spent/earned to least, or vice versa.
  • Amount
    View budgets according to the amount that has been budgeted. You can view these in ascending or descending order.
    If viewing in ascending order your income budgets will be listed  after your expense budgets. They will be displayed first if viewed in descending order.

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