What is ‘Spending’?
Spending is a new function in NAB Internet Banking to help you keep track of your expenses and manage your money.
It can help you understand where your money is going, making it easier to set up a budget and savings plan. It’s available by logging into your NAB Internet Banking only (not through the NAB app).
How we’ll use the information in Spending
‘Spending’ is a tool to help you manage your personal finances only. We won’t use this information for an assessment of any credit application you make.
Spending tool replaces NAB Money Tracker
We know some of our customers really like using Money Tracker, but we also know it could be better and easier to use. Spending is our improved expense tracker.
This change means your budget information is no longer available. If you have savings goals set up within Money Tracker, you can now set up savings goals in the NAB app. Read our savings goals article for more information.
We’ll be working hard over the next few months to introduce new tool features and continue improving the current ones. We welcome your feedback while we’re in this initial phase. You can provide feedback through NAB Internet Banking when you use the tool.
How Spending works
Each transaction is automatically categorised using our pre-defined category types. You can filter and search for your transactions within each category to make it easier to manage your money.
Here are some of the things Spending allows you to do.
We’ll automatically categorise your transactions based on certain transaction information, like merchant type.
The merchant details we use to categorise your transactions are provided by Look Who’s Charging. While every effort is made to ensure they’re correct, we can’t guarantee it.
If you find any of the merchant details against your transaction are incorrect, use the ‘wrong merchant information’ link on the page to have it reviewed.
Here are some of the common categories we use:
- utility bills like gas and electricity will go under ‘Bills’
- clothing and shoes will go under ‘Clothing and Personal Care’
- school fees will go under ‘Education and Kids’
- doctor’s fees will go under ‘Health and Medical’ and so on.
Adding or changing categories
Some transactions might not have enough information for us to categorise properly at the start.
We understand the way people think about their money is very personal, so we’ve included categories we think will work for most people.
If you find the categories don’t work for you, you can change the categorised transaction using another option in the categories list, but you can’t yet add a customised one.
If you think we’ve missed some useful categories, we’d love to hear your suggestions so we can continue to make improvements. You’ll be given an opportunity to give feedback when you use the tool in NAB Internet Banking.
Using the Spending tool
If you’re new to NAB, register for NAB Internet Banking then follow these steps:
- Login to NAB Internet Banking using your NAB Identification Number (NIN) and password.
- Select Money Tracker from the menu.
- Click on ‘Spending (Beta)’ from the dropdown menu. You’ll see a categorised view of your expenses to use.
- To change accounts, use the filter in the top right-hand corner.
- Start categorising your expenses.
Selecting an account
At the moment, you can only select one account to track at a time. Soon, you’ll be able to select multiple, or all, accounts. You can use a filter to change the account you want to use.
Select a date range
You can choose the date range you want to track from a dropdown list. You can select ‘From the last 7 days’ to ‘The last financial year’ and lots of options in between.
You can export the data from Spending to make it easier for you to do a more personalised analysis and set up a budget or savings plan.