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3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Budget

Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to give our budgets a little TLC. Here are 3 ways you can freshen up your budget for spring. 1. Change with the seasons We’re excited to swap out our winter coats for light spring jackets. And, when the weather changes, our bills and utilities change too. Let’s get our budgets to change with seasons. Update your Envelope’s budgeted amount to reflect your latest bills. And remember to adjust your other Envelopes so you’re still living within your means. 2. Clear the clutter...

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Say “yes” to second chances

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It’s now February and maybe one of your resolutions was to do better with your budget this year. If you’ve stayed on track, nice work! You’re awesome. BUT if you’ve lost a little bit of steam, read on… (and you’re still awesome). Here’s a second chance at your budget Just because things haven’t gone quite according to plan doesn’t mean all your hard work has failed. Give yourself some grace and take your second chance. Here’s what to do if you got off track. Bring your budget with...

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Getting on a budget. An actor’s story

Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

There are always lessons to be learned in life! Especially when it comes to budgeting and making smart financial choices. Meet Jenny R, an actor and budding financial guru, who while making her way through the ups and downs of life, discovered that debt is a real thing. And, when debt strikes its ugly head, it’s hard to get out of the way fast enough to escape unscathed. Thankfully, she used her experience as an opportunity to gain financial control and climb her way out of debt. Before Jenny got serious about finances and started using...

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Pen and paper to app

Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Articles | 8 comments

I used to do all my budgeting with pen and paper. Then Goodbudget started growing on me. The way my old pen-and-paper system worked: At the beginning of each month I wrote down the amount I received from my paycheck Subtracted my recurring expenses Deducted expenses from my total every time I made a purchase Based all of my decisions off of my total account balance What I had before wasn’t perfect, but it worked. The whole thing was sort of a modified version of balancing my checkbook. When I started using Goodbudget, I started thinking...

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How to Make a Budget

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Articles, Support | 12 comments

Update We’re always working to update our apps and content for you. Check out our updated article in the Goodbudget Help Center. Take the fear out of budgeting with our step-by-step guide to crafting a budget you can really live with. Step 1. Relax! Before you do anything take a deep breath and relax. . . feel better? We’re not here to make the perfect budget, or change your financial world overnight. We’ll get to that later. For now we just need to put a budget together that we can work with. There will be plenty of time to...

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Vacations Are Better When You Can Afford Them

Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

This spring, I went on a short vacation to New York City. Springtime in Manhattan is a colorful contrast to its darker and more dreary winters; cherry blossom trees are in bloom and New Yorkers shed their winter coats for lighter and brighter jackets. As my friends and I filled ourselves with pizza and bagels, I realized that one of the best parts of my time was that I didn’t have to worry about how much I was spending. Earlier this year, I decided to be smarter with my vacation spending. Instead of going on a vacation and counting the...

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