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I Need A Budget - Using YNAB with belgian bank accounts

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I recently discovered that budgeting might not be as boring as I thought. Better yet, budgeting might help me achieve my goals in life.

The problem is in this pre-PSD2/XS2A world, syncing my bank accounts with YNAB is a real pain and I tried to automate the process to the best that I could.

Current workflow :

  • Downloading my accounts statements in CSV from by bank (BNP Paribas Fortis) (manual - i tried to automate this step with iMacros for Firefox, but failed)
  • Parsing the CSV and converting it to a valid OFX file via https://csvconverter.biz/ (semi-manual, but at least i've got the file just right)
  • Import each file to YNAB through drag'n'drop (manual, but easy)

I started using YNAB only a week ago, I'll probably have a lot more to say about it in the next few months.