Why Goodbudget shows Time to refill your Envelope!?

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My Goodbudget shows Time to refill your Envelope! (with angry/sad face) when I have filled my envelope with amount and used it fully (not overspent)

My transactions for the envelope are as below.

08/08/19   Med Insurance 350 (Transaction)
08/01/19   Fill Envelopes  350 (First fill)

If I understand correct, I have planned for 350 and used it (not overspent), I am not getting why Goodbudget shows Time to refill your Envelope! (with angry/sad face) in this scenario.

Thank you.

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Posted 10 months ago

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Karisa Russell, Official Rep

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Hi Tini, 

Thanks for posting. I understand the confusion about why you're seeing Goodbudget suggest you fill when you've spent exactly what you meant to. 

That's because each Envelope has a pacer that's intended to help you stay on track with your spending throughout the month. You'll notice a black line on all of your Envelopes -- that's the pacer line. If an Envelope's green balance bar lands to the left of the black line, Goodbudget will display a message that suggests slowing down on spending so every stays on track. That works really well for Envelopes that are meant to be paid little by little throughout the month -- like a Grocery Envelope. But, some Envelopes are intended to be paid all at once, like Rent, and so the pacer won't mean much in those cases. Goodbudget know the difference between those Envelopes, so the black pacer line will still be visible. 

Hope that helps!

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Tiffany Kucifer

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This doesn't bother me so much, but I could imagine GoodBudget adding another icon that's more like a question than a statement. "Time to refill your envelope?" with an inquisitive face when the envelope is at $0 would make sense. I'm sure it's not a high priority but it would be a nice addition.
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We've had other budgeters suggest that it would be helpful to distinguish between envelopes that represent bills and envelopes that represent variable spending throughout the budget period--that way, we could change the messaging based on the type. We'll update you if we implement it.