GnuCash and Budgeting

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Tue Sep 20 13:16:09 MDT 2005


See Ross's comments, with the additional reason that taking stuff "out"
of your bank account without really taking it out of your bank account
makes statement reconciliation a pain (extraneous information).

I think you also made a mistake:

> Balance:
>  Bank: $975 (equity $975)
>  Gas: $25 (gas bills $25)
> 
> Net worth = Equity  (assets-liability)
>  $950 (Assuming no other bills :D )

That should be bank/equity: 950, gas/bills: 25, total 975

Which demonstrates the problem: your accounting for bank says only 950,
but your true balance (after waiting for things to clear even) is 975.


The real issue is that a budget is an estimate, or a plan, and so needs
to live in a different plane of reality than what really happens with
your money. It's like an overlay, it's purely an informative planning
tool.

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