Allowance for YNAB is a companion app to the You Need a Budget service that allows you to select the categories you are most interested in and display them in places where you can, at a glance, see your available balances and make better spending decisions. Allowance for YNAB can be viewed from your lock screen via a Today Widget or on your Apple Watch as a complication. Not to mention your categories are featured prominently within the app so you can quickly get in and get out. Allowance for YNAB will also alert you when your balance has increased or when you're out of money. If you have people in your life who just want to know "How much money do I have right now?" Allowance for YNAB can help. Whether that be the allowance of your kids or your fun money, it's only a glance away.

Also, please note that Allowance for YNAB is in no way associated or owned by YNAB. We just like the service a lot.

What’s New

Version 1.7

A few new features and bug fixes in this version.

-Add multiple categories at once.
-Reworked some of the settings view.
-A better tip interface.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

SharifK ,

Very good start

Update: to developer, is it possible to add dark mode, at least for the widget?

First Pros. Great interface. Beautiful widget. Awesome work part of YNAB’s API competition.

Now improvement requests and suggestions:

1. Bug Fix: Ensure regular background refresh of categories. Else amount left for spending reflects wrong amount. Mostly it’s ok, but have run into issue before. I see you have an update to the app, so if this bug is already fixed, please ignore.
2. Request: iCloud Sync support. Have the metadata sync. Still should have user log in to YNAB to each device, but categories already added in one device, automatically added and arranged for widget in all device.
3. Suggestions: for categories that rolls over money from last month, allowance % reflects differently than what I would expect. Example: I have set allowance of $25/mo for Fun. Last month, I only spent $20. So this month, I have $30. Then I spend $5. So I have $25 left. I would expect I have 100% allowance left. But app would say I have 80% left. It’s just a personal preference to see calculation in the form total money left/money allowed this month

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback! Regarding your first point, the app is configured to refresh as often as possible, but the device ultimately determines when that happens via an algorithm that the device controls unfortunately. I wish I had more control over it, but I'm limited by what Apple provides me. iCloud sync is something I've been on the fence about and have heard differing opinions. Some people want different categories on different devices and others would like them to sync. It would definitely have to be an option if it was added in the future. Thanks again!

CrapApp 10.0 ,

Great way to track spending by category

I really love using this app as a companion for YNAB. Makes it easy to track individual categories. Thanks so much for creating if! My only suggestion for a some day update is to adjust the daily average based on spending so you can see how much money you actually have left to spend, on average, on a daily basis.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for he kind words! That calculation change has been asked for quite a lot and will be coming soon.

cayleighanne ,

Great, but needs a simple tweak

Thanks so much for making this app! Just wanted to add one suggestion and it looks like others have requested this as well. The "available per day" amount should update based on how much balance is left at a given time in the month. This would help to know how much daily balance is left based on actual spending, not just the original budget at the beginning of the month. That way if you spend too much at the beginning of the month, your daily amount is lowered to reflect that. Hope you can consider adding this in the future!


Carbonite Studios LLC
27 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 and watchOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Tip Jar $1.99
  2. Tip Server Costs $6.99
  3. Tip A Little Extra $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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