How will you use your windfall?

You can’t always plan for it, but windfalls do occasionally happen. If you’ve received a cash gift or other kind of windfall, like a stimulus check, then you might be wondering how you should use it. And the answer will depend on your situation. In this post, we’ll talk about how to prioritize your needs … Read more

Want to buy a home? Get your budget ready first.

My mom was a real estate agent who worked from home, so I grew up going to open houses and listening to her stories about offers, counteroffers, inspections, and escrows.  But even with that background, I came into my first (and only) homebuying experience unprepared. If it weren’t for our parents, siblings, and trusted friends, … Read more

So you think you want to buy a house?

You’ve heard it before — buying a home may be the biggest financial decision you ever make.  So it’s imperative to approach it with solid budgeting principles. And at Goodbudget, that means we start by budgeting with a why. Our desire to own a home can stem from many places, whether something deep within ourselves, … Read more

Thank You

Hi there, I’m writing this note simply to say thanks. This is a season where we spend a great deal of time and energy choosing special gifts to give to our loved ones. In this season, I’m reminded of what an incredible gift it is to get to serve you every single day of the … Read more

Thoughts on Budgeting for a Wedding

Our very own Karisa recently got engaged — woohoo!  And of course, since we geek out about money and relationships here at Goodbudget, Chi-En (married 10 years) shared some thoughts with Karisa (newly engaged) on how to budget for a wedding. We thought you might enjoy eavesdropping on this conversation between friends. —— Hey Karisa … Read more