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Budget Goal Templates


This is an experimental feature. That means we’re still working on finishing it. There may be bugs, missing functionality or incomplete documentation, and we may decide to remove the feature in a future release. If you have any feedback, please open an issue or post a message in the Discord.


All functionality described here may not be available in the latest stable release. Use the edge images for the latest implementation.

Create a template by adding a note to a category and adding a line that begins with #template.

You are welcome to have other lines in your note, but the #template line must match the syntax.

How to use the templates

SyntaxDescriptionExample Application
#template $50Budget $50 each monthRegular monthly bills, such as internet
#template up to $150Budget up to $150 each month, and remove extra funds over $150Variable expenses, such as petrol and groceries
#template up to $150 holdBudget up to $150 each month, but retain any funds over $150Variable expenses that may get refunds or reimbursements
#template $50 up to $300Budget $50 each month up to a maximum of $300Funding rainy day categories, such as replacement shoes and bicycle repairs
#template $500 by 2022-03Break down large, less-frequent expenses into manageable monthly expensesSaving for a replacement car in a few years
#template $500 by 2021-03 repeat every 6 monthsBreak down large, less-frequent expenses into manageable monthly expensesBiannual credit card fees
#template $500 by 2021-03 repeat every yearBreak down large, less-frequent expenses into manageable monthly expensesAnnual insurance premium
#template $500 by 2021-03 repeat every 2 yearsBreak down large, less-frequent expenses into manageable monthly expensesDomain name renewal
#template $500 by 2021-12 spend from 2021-03Budget $500 by December. Any spending between March and December is OK.Christmas presents, overseas holiday, or any other expenses that I will be partially paying for before the target period ends.
#template $500 by 2021-12 spend from 2021-03 repeat every year
#template $500 by 2021-12 spend from 2021-03 repeat every 2 years
#template $10 repeat every week starting 2022-01-03Budget $10 a week
#template $10 repeat every week starting 2022-01-03 up to 80Budget $10 a week, up to a maximum of $80
#template $10 repeat every 2 weeks starting 2022-01-04Budget $10 fortnightly
#template $10 repeat every 9 weeks starting 2022-01-04 up to 30Budget $10 every 9 weeks, up to a maximum of $30
#template 15% of all incomeBudget 15% of all income categoriesUsing a "pay yourself first" strategy
#template 10% of PaycheckBudget 10% of the "Paycheck" income categoryUsing a "pay yourself first" strategy, but have income categories you want to ignore
#template 15% of previous all incomeBudget 15% of all income categories using last month's incomeUsing a "pay yourself first" strategy in conjunction with a "month ahead" strategy
#template 10% of previous PaycheckBudget 10% of last month's "Paycheck" income categoryUsing a "pay yourself first" strategy in conjunction with a "month ahead" strategy, but have income categories you want to ignore
#template 12% of available fundsBudget 12% of your "To Budget" funds
#template schedule {SCHEDULE NAME}Fund upcoming scheduled transactions over timeMonthly schedules, or larger non-monthly scheduled transactions
#template schedule full {SCHEDULE NAME}Fund upcoming scheduled transaction only on needed monthSmall schedules that are non-monthly
#template remainderAdd all remaining funds to this categorySee the Remainder Template Section for info


  • $ sign is optional, #template $50 and #template 50 are the same.
  • Other currency symbols are not supported.
  • Number formats that use comma for the decimal separator are not supported (eg, 123,45). You must use 123.45.
  • Thousands separators are not supported (eg, 1,234). You must use 1234.
  • {SCHEDULE NAME} is defined in the Schedules editor.
  • By default templates do not consider available funds when being applied. Use template priorities to not budget more than is available.
  • The hold flag can be added to any goal that uses the up to key word.
  • A single category with two templates that use up to is not supported.
  • If in a category there are multiple templates within the same priority level and one template uses the up to key word, all templates in that priority level will be limited to the maximum amount specified by up to.

Multiple Template Lines

You can add multiple #template lines for a single category note. Each line will be added together.

For examples:

Budget $200/month for 3 months and $400/month for the next 3 months

#template $600 by 2021-03 repeat every 6 months

#template $1200 by 2021-06 repeat every 6 months

Streaming Services: $42.97

#template $24.99
Disney Plus
#template $9.99
Amazon Prime
#template $7.99

$120 in February 2022, $130 in March 2022

#template $10 repeat every 2 weeks starting 2022-01-04
#template $100

Template Priorities

Templates can be given a priority flag to change the order that the templates get applied to your budget. Set a priority by adding -X to the #template flag. EX #template-4 will be priority level 4. Any template with a priority other than 0 will not apply more funds then are available.


  • Lower priority values get run first. EX 0 is run first, then 1, then 2, etc.

  • No priority flag defaults to priority 0 and is the same as a standard template.

  • Negative priorities are not allowed and will result in the template being skipped.

  • Template application order is based on the database order, not the view order. To guarantee a specific fill order use separate priorities for each category

  • If you have multiple schedule or by template lines in a single category, they will be forced to match the same priority level as the line run first.

  • If the up to key words are used with a category that has multiple templates with different priorities, the lowest priority will take precedence because it is evaluated last as shown in the following examples.

    • Expected budgeted amount is 200
      Expected maximum category balance is 200

      #template 300
      #template-1 150 up to 200
    • Expected budgeted amount is 450
      No maximum category balance exists

      #template 150 up to 500
      #template-1 300

Remainder Template

The remainder template is run differently to the other templates. Any remainder templates will be forced to run last in their own pass. This way the remaining budget is after all other templates have had a chance to run. Below are a few considerations when using the remainder template

  • You can use as many remainder templates as you want
  • Remainder templates don't have a priority as they are always run last
  • The remainder template supports weights to control the distribution of funds across multiple categories. See the examples on how this is done.
  • If no weight is provided, the weight will be defaulted to 1
  • The budgeted amount is calculated as budgeted_amount=available_funds/sum_of_weights*category_weight


All the examples below use the case of $100 leftover when the remainder pass is run.

  1. Add all remaining funds to a single category
CategoryTemplate lineAmount applied
Savings#template remainder$100
  1. Split funds evenly between two categories
CategoryTemplate lineAmount applied
Savings#template remainder$50
Vacation Fund#template remainder$50
  1. Split funds with one category receiving extra
CategoryTemplate lineAmount applied
Savings#template remainder 2$66.66
Vacation Fund#template remainder$33.34
  1. Spread funds over many categories
CategoryTemplate lineAmount applied
Savings#template remainder 3$50
Vacation Fund#template remainder$16.66
Investment Fund#template remainder 2$33.34

Apply the templates

To apply the goal templates you create, enable the feature in the Settings experimental section. When the feature is on, three new options will appear in the monthly budget actions list.

Check templates will test all template lines for proper syntax.

Apply budget template will only fill empty cells using the templates.

Overwrite with budget template will fill in all budget cells using the templates.

Goal Indicators

After having run the templates in a given month the status of a respective category goal will be indicated as a text color of the category balance. The image below shows an example of categories in the following states: normal (no goal set), zero (no goal set), goal met, goal not met, and a negative balance.