Budget with a Why: Start your Journey

Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Articles | 5 comments

Take the first step Good work creating your budget! You’ve got your budget showing what’s important to you — that’s your money map that guides your spending, saving, and giving decisions. Now, it’s time to take the first step on your journey. What’s one thing you can do today that’s in line with your priorities? We asked Karisa, and here’s the one thing she’s going to do: “I could actually go make a payment on my car! I have some money already set aside for debt that I haven’t actually done anything with. So what I can do today is take...

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Budget with a Why: Plan Your Route

Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Which route will you take? To start planning our budgets, we turned our maps in the direction that’s most important to us. Now, it’s time to plan the journey! Straight shot or the scenic route? Get out the highlighters and plan your route to get you where you want to go. (Psst – it’s called making a budget!) Karisa said a stable future is most important to her. So we asked, “How might you adjust your money habits to reflect your value for stability more?” And she said: “I’m going to get really technical. Before, in Goodbudget, whatever...

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Budget with a Why: Meet your Money Map

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Articles | 7 comments

Which direction will you go? To create a budget that works, we started by looking at our money mirrors. Now we’re going to draw a money map. Which direction do you want to go? North, South, East, West, there’s so much to see! When it comes to money, you get to choose what’s important — that’s the direction you’ll go. And what you choose will shape your journey. Karisa talked about what’s important about her clothing spending, so we asked her, “Are appearance, excitement, and creativity truly important to you?” Here’s what she said: “The...

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Budget with a Why: Reflect

Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Articles | 12 comments

What does your mirror say about you? In the first step of our budgeting process, we looked in our money mirrors. Maybe something about your spending, saving, or giving surprised you. Or it caught your eye. Now let’s go deeper — and see how our habits reveal what’s important to us. To do that, we need to step outside of ourselves for a bit. We asked Karisa to imagine what someone else might notice if they looked in her mirror. She said: “If someone else saw my spending, they would say, ‘Wow. She spent a lot on clothing. She must put a...

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Budget with a Why: Look in the Mirror

Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Articles | 17 comments

Have you looked in the mirror lately? You’re thinking, “What does my bathroom mirror have to do with budgeting?” Looking at our money habits is a little like looking in the mirror.  When we look at our spending, saving, and giving habits, we can see ourselves a bit more clearly. We asked Karisa to take a look at her money mirror, and here’s what she said: “Eww, it’s gross looking at my Spending by Envelope report! When I do it for the whole year and it tells me how much I spent for all of last year, it’s just kind of shocking! It’s...

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Where do you want to go?

Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Articles | 5 comments

When it comes to you and money, where do you want to go? We sat down with some budgeters, and here’s what they said: “Up. I’d like to go up, which means having more money. I think of a growth chart, like my kids have at the doctor’s office, and I want to check in and see how it’s doing.” Paul, father of three. “When I hear that, it sounds like a relationship. I want to go places with money, like literally travel.” Kendall, fabulously child-free. “I think of ‘enough.’ I don’t want to have to think about it as much, not every day.”  Matt,...

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