Edit Budget enhancements (9 Merged Votes)

bobsully Member ✭✭✭
edited October 2023 in Budget and Planning Tools
When viewing a budget, when noting a category which is over or under budget, it would be helpful to be able to modify the budget without completely escaping the current page and its information.  Depending on how you open the "Edit Budget" link the information on the budget can be hidden behind a locked window.  It would also be helpful to filter the budget results to show only those categories which are under or over budget, excluding and which and no values presently.
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  • Gabor Gresz
    Gabor Gresz Mac Beta Beta
    edited April 2019

    1. We should be able to edit the budget in the budget view without having to leave the budget view, going to "edit budget", trying to remember what we want to change / adjust. Each time I make adjust my budget it's a 3 step process for each category - seeing where I'm, going to edit budget, save budget, go back to see again how it had been adjusted in the budget view. This is pitiful. I should be able to adjust my budget in the budget view - that way I can see exactly what I've spent, etc.

    2. Another major feature is missing from budgeting - that's rollover budget. It summarizes for the up-to-date column, but what ever I've not spent should roll over to next month's budget and vice versa. 

    Those two features are making a budget really usable. Otherwise it's just an excel chart.
  • cnjamros
    cnjamros Member
    Good morning.  There are 2, I think, very important features needed for the Budget tool to make it usable.  Without them, you spend more time managing the software than managing your own finances:

    1.  Ability to carry over unspent share of budgeted amounts from one month to the next.  If I'm budgeting each month toward a large yearly expense, right now there is no way to track that without devising a workaround.  Each month I end up leaving "unspent" money in that month, and then when it is time to pay the bill, I show myself spending WAY more than my income in that particular month.

    2.  Ability to edit the budget directly from within the 1- or 12-month main screen.  If I need to move money from one category to another, right now I have to Edit Budget and remember, from memory, how much I need to adjust each category.  Because the way the window pops up, it covers the actual reporting screen... so if I want to adjust the budget to the "actual spent" amount, I have no way to see that.  It would be better if the fields in the reporting screen were simply directly editable, OR if the Edit Budget screen included the "actual spent" amount.  

    Please consider adding these features.  Without them, the budget is simply a spreadsheet and more time is spent devising workarounds than actually budgeting.

    I am THRILLED that QMac is such an improved product.  Because of it, I switched back to Quicken after many years away and I love it for the most part.  Adding these features would remove a lot of frustration that I've found with the new version.

  • Chip Osborn
    Chip Osborn Member ✭✭
    I suggest eliminating the "Edit Budget" screen. Allow changes to a budget to be completed on the "Actual vs Budget screen. Click on the "budget number" on the "Actual vs Budget" screen and make the change to the budget. It is extremely cumbersome to use two screens when one will do. Cordially.
  • Barbara O'Keeffe
    Barbara O'Keeffe Member ✭✭✭
    How about doing away with the crappy bar graph for the 1 month budget view and just having the same format as the 12 month view but for just one month. I really don't need big red and green bars splashing across my screen. I absolutely detest it as it now is formatted and don't use it.
  • Chip Osborn
    Chip Osborn Member ✭✭
    As we move into 2020, I would once again like to suggest doing away with the separate budget screen. To make it much easier, each user should be able to change the budget within the actual/budget main screen. It is cumbersome and unnecessary to have a separate budget screen.

    I would like to add one more comment about budgeting. I believe many people don't budget because the moment a budget is created it is wrong. There is no way to guess how much gas, groceries, vacations or many other things will be bought within a month.

    The value of a budget is to forecast future profit or loss (Personal or Business). Therefore, actual expenditures for a month plus future budgeted items forecast the future. Example: Lets say that the months of January and February are complete. Those two months now have actual amounts spent. I change the budgeted amounts in those months to match the actuals spent. Then I review my budget items for the remaining months...March through December. Now, my "budget" becomes more accurate in forecasting my yearend profit or loss. As the months go by, I change a completed months budget to reflect the money I have actually spent and then adjust future budgets with increased knowledge of my expenditures. By the time June comes around, I know from my actuals plus future budgets that I am going to run out of money before the end of the year or have money left over.

    It would be nice if Quicken would create a button at the top of a month that would allow users to match that month's budget to that month's actuals. Right now I do it manually.

    Here's what's important about the budgeting process. Actuals plus future budgeted months equals a yearend forecast. Good news or bad news, at least a user has an early warning system to manage their money. Doing a budget without this system is a waste of time and that is why so many people don't budget.
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  • bobsully
    bobsully Member ✭✭✭
    This idea seems to have fallen stagnant as Quicken has not improved the issue.  The issue still exists.
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    This should absolutely not be archived. I don't know how often people can post new things about the same ideas that have been expressed well already. There are a series of issues people have repeatedly be asking for with budgets, and the product manager has said some of those are actively being worked on. Until the next wave of enhancements to budgets are rolled out, none of the budget idea posts should be retired. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • bobsully
    bobsully Member ✭✭✭
    jacobs said:
    "Until the next wave of enhancements to budgets are rolled out, none of the budget idea posts should be retired."
    Exactly.  Common sense please.

  • JayBugs
    JayBugs Member, Windows Beta, Mac Beta Beta
    Just making clear that both ideas in this set of messages are still needed and are valuable missing items. Do not archive this request. Rollovers from month to month and year to year are the most important missing feature in all of Quicken!
  • jray
    jray Member
    edited August 2021
    [removed - rant/unhelpful/off-topic]
  • pbsaxton
    pbsaxton Member
    I want budget creation the way it used to be. For the whole year, then spread out evenly for each month. Now I have to put in each month. I need to be able to see all categories at once. Can only see 2 or 2 and only 2-3 months at a time. I need to be able to see the whole year and all categories. Why is this NOT an option????
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    @pbsaxton  I'm confused by your comment/complaint. Nothing has changed in the past several years in the Budget screens. Are you sure you you've clicked on Budgets, then the 12-months tab, then Edit Budget?

    This screen shows all accounts as rows, and all months as columns. You can see the entire year wide, and 20 to 40 or more rows, depending g on the size of your screen. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Chip Osborn
    Chip Osborn Member ✭✭
    edited November 2022
    1) At minimum allow the "Edit Budget" window to be moved around so that one can see the "Actual vs Budget" display underneath. The current system locks the "Edit Budget" display in the center of the "Actual vs Budget" display. That prohibits seeing the data underneath.

    2) Even better then the above suggestion, eliminate the "Edit Budget" display entirely. Allow changes to the budget to be made in the "Actual vs Budget" display. It would make changes to the budget so much more user friendly.
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Those aren't unreasonable requests, but I'd just note that implementing either one would likely require some very significant re-working of the code in the budget section of the program. The former would require live updating of the actual budget screen every time a field is touched, instead of refreshing that screen only when a user saves their edits currently. The second would require completely redoing the user interface. Again, not bad ideas; I'm only trying to provide some information to set your expectations realistically.

    My understanding from conversations with the previous product manager for Quicken Mac is that the budget code is particularly fragile, and they're reluctant to monkey with it until they can significantly re-write it. There are some very popular users request stop improve the budget functionality (such as a usable actual-to-budget report, budget rollovers for over/under amounts each month, an "everything else" budget line for accounts not specifically budgeted, and others), so my guess would be that at some point they will introduce a re-written budget module which includes or is capable of growing to support all these types of budget features -- and until then, they probably won't make significant changes.
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
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  • Chip Osborn
    Chip Osborn Member ✭✭
    edited February 2023
    Continue using the Budget Spreadsheet as currently developed. After the creation, allow changes to the Budget Spreadsheet to be made from the Actuals vs Budget Spreadsheet. I believe it can be done by just unlocking "budgeted items" and feeding the changes back to the original Budget Spreadsheet. Here's why it is important. The Budget Spreadsheet opens over the top of the Actuals vs Budget Spreadsheet. This doesn't allow one to see the actuals that may effect forecasting future budget items. The current system forces the user to go back and forth between the two spreadsheets.