GB 101: Budget Bootcamp

New to budgeting? Never had a budget that really worked? Start with Goodbudget 101, where we’ll walk you through creating a budget you can actually stick with!

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Introduction to Goodbudget 101

In this monthlong course, we’ll show you how to create a budget that works. From creating budget categories and tracking expenses to developing patterns of planning before you spend, you’ll get everything you need to create and maintain a budget that will grow and change with you.

Note for couples: look out for tips to help you get on the same page about money.

OVERVIEW

  • Complete in 1 month
  • 10 minutes/day
  • 29 assignments

YOU WILL LEARN TO

  • Create a budget
  • Track your spending
  • Experiment with Fun and Giving
  • Maintain your budget for the long haul

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

  • Computer
  • Goodbudget app
  • Bank statements

Week 1: The Foundation

DAY 1

Get started on your budgeting journey!

  • 10 minutes to complete
DAY 2

Start building the foundation of your budget! Estimate your income and see what you have to work with.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Bank statements
  • Computer
DAY 3

See how you’ve spent in the past so you can make decisions about how you’d like to spend going forward. Take a look now.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Bank statements
  • Computer
DAY 4

Decide what budget works for you! Start with a template and create your rough draft. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 5

Go deeper on your budget journey with a partner. See how it’s done.

  • 10 minutes to complete
DAY 6

Complete your budget rough draft! 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app

Week 2: Develop Budgeting Habits

DAY 7

Start setting aside money for the things you plan to spend on. Learn how to fill your Envelopes so the money is ready to go when you need it. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 8

Start tracking your spending, and build the mental muscles to help you succeed with budgeting.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 9

Build the habit of thinking about your spending every time it happens.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 10

Learn why it’s important to notice our spending before it happens.

  • 10 minutes to complete
DAY 11

Identify needs vs. wants.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 12

Take some time to get caught up! 

  • 10 minutes to complete

Week 3: All About Fun

DAY 13

This week is all about Fun! Because budgets just won’t work unless there’s space for Fun.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 14

Make space for fun spending. So you can live life and still stay on track. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 15

Go out and make your purchase!

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 16

You can spend on fun and stay within your budget. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 17

Reflect on this week’s experiment with fun!

  • 10 minutes to complete

Week 4: Giving

DAY 18

Practicing gratitude for what we’ve received helps us be generous with others too.

  • 10 minutes to complete
DAY 19

Creating space in our budgets for things we value is important! Be inspired to make space for giving in your budget. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 20

Brainstorm ways to give to causes you care about. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Pen & Paper
DAY 21

Decide on the cause you’d like to give to, and give!

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 22

Spontaneity is the spice of life! Be generous when the urge strikes.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 23

We can be generous and stay on track! What did you notice about your giving?

  • 10 minutes to complete
DAY 24

Reflect on this week’s giving experiment! 

  • 10 minutes to complete

Week 5: Look Back & Adjust

DAY 25

We all fall behind on adding our expenses sometimes! When that happens to you, don’t sweat it. Learn how to get caught up.

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 26

Life happens, but often we can plan for surprises. What unexpected expenses will you plan for?

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 27

Our budgets will change and grow with us! Learn how to tell when it’s time to adjust. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
  • Computer
DAY 28

Let’s acknowledge our budget victories! Take a look back at what you’ve achieved. 

  • 10 minutes to complete
  • Goodbudget app
DAY 29

Are you ready to go deeper on your budgeting journey? 

  • 5 minutes to complete

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