Managing recurring expenses
Our monthly electricity bill went up by a couple of euros, so I needed to change the recurring expense that I had setup for this. Although this is possible the process is a bit confusing. I'd suggest providing an overview of scheduled recurring expenses, separate from the list of expenses that have already been created as a result from these schedules, which is what I was looking for because I didn't really want to touch any previous expenses.
We agree that managing recurring bills could be better. Currently, the way to edit recurring bills is to change the most recent copy and that will change ones that follow. It will not affect the past expenses.
We’re considering how to improve this, and will leave this under review for now.
What I would like to see is the ability to create an "undefined" recurring bill. The day of the recurring bill, you would be asked to input the amount.
You could also choose to input the amount early which would cancel the reminder to do it. To do this, I would have only the next recurring bill show up as a future expense in the list of all expenses. So if it's a monthly bill, you only see the next month. The month after that will only show up after the reminder date has passed.
Personally, I would set those bills one day after I usually get the bill by email (from my electricity company for example). This way, if I get the email and have time to record it in the Splitwise app then I'll do it right away and if not, I'll know that I'll be reminded the next day anyway.
I would make the font of the "undefined recurring bills" red or something in the expenses list after the reminder has passed so that you don't forget about them.
It would be great to have an overview of you recurring expenses and details, and an easy way to edit.
Jaime Blalock commented
Has there been any changes in recurring bills? I would really like to be able to edit upcoming bills. My power and water bills are different every month, and while I like having the ability to make them recurring and remind me when they are due, if my bill is due April 3rd, I don't want to have to wait until April 1st to be able to edit it.
While editing recurring bills isn't a frequent thing, I usually have to do this when a a house mate leaves and a new one comes. Good to know that you just have to edit the last bill to fix ongoing bills. Thanks!
has this been fixed??
Agree, i just had to remove a recurring bill. Was a little annoying to go into one of the existing bills and edit it. My first thought was to look for a recurring bills section, didnt find one so eventually stumbled on the recurring function buried in the bill itself.
I also was struggling to cancel a recurring expense.
what happened with this?
Yes, this would be awesome. Also bring up someway to delete or grey out the past amounts once a user pays the bill. Like if there at 10 items that equal $1000, and a user pays $1000, These items will be deleted from the list, or greyed out so that they don't get mixed up with the current list.
Agreed that the recurring expense process could use an update. I'd love to be able to assign an end date to recurring expenses.
Example - if you have a one-year lease, you could set a monthly recurring rent expense for 12 months.
When the lease is up, if you renew for another year/the rent stays the same, you can just move the end date forward another 12 months. If the rent increases (or you move somewhere else), you can set up a new recurring expense with the new amount.
Also; when I disable a recurring expense (we just payed the 8th and last bill of some water-tax thing) I have to disable the "recurring" part of the 8th bill and it no longer shows up in the "Recurring expenses" overview.