Set up Your Budget in 5 Easy Steps Using the Nav.It Money App
If you’re truly embracing a positive money mindset (#financepositivity), the b word doesn’t send you hiding under your covers after an expensive night out. In fact, your secret weapon to financial freedom is knowing where your money is going, and how much is left over for some fun along the way (daily, if at all possible, am I right?).I created Nav.it so that we can make our own decisions about how we want to spend and where we want to save. Because everyone deserves to manage their money with confidence. Our app does all of the heavy lifting for you. Just decide what your next happiness goal is, and let us help you get there.
Step 1: Track your spending. The first thing I did was connect all my savings, checking and credit card accounts so I can see all my transactions on my credit cards and bank accounts in one place and get an overview of my overall spending. We built this so that you don’t have to sign into every account individually to track how much they are spending each month. This gives you the full spending picture. It helps you see how much you really spent on food, or travel, or utilities, and estimate costs for the next month!
Step 2: Decide how you’ll allocate your money. Nav.it pulls transactions in the past month from all of your accounts and then automates my monthly budget based on these to give a picture of what real life costs. You can include (or exclude) whichever accounts you want from this calculation. Then adjust your budget goals from there (an increase in the travel line item, for example!).
Step 3: Set reminders. If there is a category on my overall monthly spending that you want to reduce (it’s always food for me), you can change the budget line total for the month, and then set up alerts to notify you when you’ve spent 50 percent or 90 percent of that line item.
Step 4: Make savings goals with Auto-Saves When you download the app, Nav.it asks you some key financial health questions to help you set up some financial savings goals. Financial basics include an emergency fund (3-6 months of your monthly spending budget) and paying down high-interest debt.
But we also believe we should prioritize our goals at the same time! So on the Money tab, I can scroll down and also set up travel/financial goals (I’m heading to Guatemala in October!) under “Auto-Save” and it will show me how much I need to save per day (or week, or month) to achieve these goals.
This is factored into my monthly spend on the Money tab and helps me calculate my Daily Play Money (more on that below). I also invest a minimum of $100 per month into my Vanguard investment account, so that’s tracked on my finance goals.
Step 5: Don’t forget to adjust. One of my other favorite things about setting up my budget in the app is the “Daily Play Money” feature. It calculates my income and then deducts my total estimated monthly spending plus all of my savings goals. Then it tells me if I have any extra “fun” money to use daily. I like seeing if I’m on track to save even more than I estimated or seeing if I do have some room to get that decaf almond milk latte.
We’re changing the narrative around money with free budgeting and account aggregation tools inside the nav.it money app . You can download it at Google Play and the Apple Store.Send us an email and let us know what you think.
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