dehavenphoto wrote:Is there any way to tag or color code the budget categories? If not, that would be a nice visual feature. The above post about wants and needs... it would be really helpful to see wants in one color and needs in another.
Right now, there's no way to change the colors used by YNAB Pro. I assume YNAB Excel users can highlight cells to their hearts' content.
What you can do in YNAB Pro is change your master category organization. For example, I know I can't rob the budget for anything in utilities master category, because they are all needs and I really need to save money now for the heating bill next winter, at the rate of $44 a month more than I was budgeting before I saw next year's price for natural gas. However, I have some play in how much I budget in the Groceries master category, and more flexibility in the Recreation master category.
The good news is that if you decide you want to reorganize your master categories, you can move a category from one master category to another without losing any of your history. YNAB will move the budgeted amounts with the category and change all your register categories appropriately, e.g. Housing:Furniture would become Wants:Furniture and Housing:Utilities would become Needs:Utilities if that's the way you move your categories around.