We haven’t yet figured this one out, and in our opinion, no other budgeting app has. Our mindset is that unexpected money is always a great candidate for saving. If you intend to save it (which we suggest 🙂), it does not really need to be entered into Smart Spend, since Smart Spend isn’t really a saving tracker. As we see it, the proof is in your bank account 🏆. If you intend to spend it, we don’t currently have a mechanism to modify your income to accommodate the extra cash and add it to your spending allotment (of course if you really need to do it, you could increase your annual income, but we don't suggest it). We’ve been thinking about this for awhile, just haven’t found a solution that doesn’t violate our ultimate goal for users. There is no need to spend money just because you have it! Bank it and you’ll thank yourself later!
Add your minimum expected income to Smart Spend. Be careful not to overestimate. If your income is regular enough, it should not be difficult to find a minimum. Use this amount to budget. If you make more money, consider it money saved!
Smart Spend is not a zero-sum budgeting tool. Zero-sum budgeting involves accounting for every cent you will spend beforehand. Smart Spend is about understanding your spending habits and internalizing the value of your money. Smart Spend is about learning to spend your money on things you value! Because of this, we do not recommend balancing your monthly expenses to zero. We believe the only expenses that should go into the app are your "guaranteed" monthly expenses. Your must-haves. These are purchases that will 1) be auto-paid each month, or 2) be your basic necessities like groceries. There is no need to add an expense called 'Entertainment' or 'Eating Out'. Add these purchases directly to Smart Spend manually. Our research shows that having blanket expenses like 'Entertainment' encourages you to spend mindlessly. If you want to save more money, you've got to spend your money only on things you enjoy and value. Don't spend your money just to spend it!
Tap on the money bag, then tap on Income
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