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Budgeting expenses with Alka


No matter your financial situation, budgeting is crucial for staying within your means––helping you avoid over-spending and, on the contrary, actually saving towards any goal you might have in the future.

In this article, we’ll show you how you can actually create a budget inside Alka.

Note: This article assumes that you have an active Alka account with at least 1 bank account connected into your ledger.


Creating your budget categories

Start by creating all your budget categories as Income & Expense Accounts nested under Expenses (ie. Expenses/Food). In this example, we are using “Budgeted Expenses”, “Food”, “Rent” and “Utilities”.

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Setting up your monthly budget

The next step is to create a new transaction with the Main Account set to “Budgeted Expenses” and the total amount of your budget.

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Once that is done, trigger the Omnibar (
CMD
+
K
) and search for “Split transaction” and specify the number of splits your transaction should have. Since we only have 3 other accounts besides “Budgeted Expenses”, that will be the number of splits for the example.

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Open your transactions details once finished and you should have something similar to this:

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In here, change your postings categories from “Uncategorized” to each one of your budget categories and then specify the budget amount for each with a negative number. You should have something like this:

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Using your budget categories

Next time you receive a transaction that should go into any of your budget categories, simply categorize your transaction as so and you should start noticing a decrease in your monthly budget inside your Chart of Accounts.

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