Changed my life. Not even kidding.
- ninja edit -
Okay, I was kinda strapped for time when I put those 6 words down before, so let me elaborate now.
My finances were always somewhat nebulous. I had an idea of how my spending went from month to month; I paid my bills on time, I put aside some savings, but I couldnt say I had a really tight grasp on how I spent my income. At the end of the month, my money would whittle down and I couldnt look back and see exactly what happened. I resorted to some excel sheets but that only lasted a couple of months, and I at my next paycheck I still didnt know EXACTLY where ALL my money was going.
When I bought YNAB, I figured hey, this could help me track my spending. And it did that. But what I didnt realize, and the real bonus in using this, is that it changed the way in which I approach my spending and disposable income. How I looked at my salary was different. I had a finite amount of resources and all of it had to be accounted for. Overspending in one area means the difference had to come out from somewhere else. It helped a little with my self discipline.
And while It makes looking to the past easier, it also lets you take a peek into the future.
All my friends I've recommeded this to thank me for it, especially my girlfriend, but I have one thing to add; using this program is a lot like an investment, you get out what you put in. Spend the time behind it and make proper entries. Plan properly. It can be tedious and a little overwhelming at times, but nothing beats emailing the bank asking them where this mysterious service charge came from that you dont have a record for and being able to help with a little planning down the road.