What would be the short English term for "money I want to spend in the future"? I ask because I've created a simple app for personal finances, where a user can add all the predicted spendings. Right now I call them "Predictions". I'm not sure if it's the right term. Someone suggested me "Expected Outgoings" or "Future Expenditures" but I would like something short and self-describing.

For example:

Fun 300 Lunch 200 Groceries 10

Each item from this list is a prediction.


You can use budget.

noun - an estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time.
synonyms - financial plan, forecast; accounts, statement
"your budget for the week"

If in your app, budget has already been used for the sum of all predictions, you might call each estimated expense item in the budget: an estimated expense.

  • Well, in my case the budget will be the sum of all predictions, and not a single prediction.
    – zuzuleinen
    Dec 14 '13 at 9:05
  • The question is specifically only about future spends and budget does not work. Dec 14 '13 at 9:06
  • I've edited my question with some examples to better illustrate as I'm not allow to add link to my app in a question.
    – zuzuleinen
    Dec 14 '13 at 9:07
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    @PreetieSekhon That is strange, especially when one synonym of budget is estimated expenses. Dec 14 '13 at 9:15
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    @zuzuleinen If in your app, budget has already been used for the sum of all predictions, you might call each estimated expense item, an estimated expense. Dec 14 '13 at 9:27

These are you anticipated expenses. If you need something shorter, perhaps anticipations. If it's all desirable, expensive stuff, maybe aspirations. (Hopes and dreams seems a bit too poetic.)


How about allotment? It is not as precise as Damkerng's estimated expense but it is less wordy. In making a budget you allot portions of money to each item. I have always considered the word to reference the future. NOAD seems to disagree:

allot: give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task

That definition seems more focused on present distribution than arrangement for the future. I sadly do not have access to higher-end dictionaries. I still think allotment would fit the job but do commenters have any insight on the meaning of allot?

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