Welcome to Budget Bootcamp

Week 1 | Day 1 | GB 101: Budget Bootcamp

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Welcome to Goodbudget 101: Budget Bootcamp! We’re so excited for you to start this new budgeting journey — one where you’ll create a budget that works for you. And along the way you’ll build habits and learn techniques that will help you live out your budget for the rest of your life.

Now, we’re all starting from different places financially, but we’re all working towards the same goal… making a budget that works. We believe you can make and *keep* a budget. This budget will be your guide to help you spend on what’s important, save for big expenses, and give generously.

Over the next 29 days you’ll receive bite-sized assignments that are practical, reflective and relational and they’re all designed to help you create your new budget utilizing the envelope budgeting method (if you don’t know what that is, learn about it on our website and on YouTube). You can expect to spend about 5 to 10 minutes doing most of the assignments. Every so often there’ll be a longer assignment that will take about 30 minutes. Let’s get started.

Today’s Assignment

  1. Make a plan for when and where you’d like to do these assignments. Will you spend time working on them at the kitchen table after the kids are in bed, or early in the morning over coffee before everyone gets up? Will you do the assignments for the week all in one day, or divvy them up throughout the week? Deciding this ahead of time will give you a better shot at completing these assignments.
  2. Comment below and let us know when and where you’re planning to do your homework.  Plus, share what you’re excited about learning in this course — and why.

Note for couples: If you share money with someone else, like your spouse, invite them to take this course with you.  By working together, you’ll be able to build a solid budget that actually works — for both of you.

That’s it for today! We look forward to seeing you in the next assignment.

Happy budgeting,
-The Goodbudget Team

P.S. If you’re struggling to get ahead because you’re living paycheck to paycheck, GB 30: Break the Cycle might be a good starting place for you. In that course, you’ll spend 30 days working to boost savings and begin building a one-month cushion so you can break the cycle for good. 

P.P.S. Or, if you’re currently experiencing a financial emergency, either from taking a pay cut, receiving a large medical bill, or something else, GB 911: Crash Course might be a better fit. There, you’ll learn how to make quick changes to your budget so that you can survive in the short term, adapt to your financial situation, and thrive down the road.

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1,170 thoughts on “Welcome to Budget Bootcamp”

  1. I will be completing this assignment from my kitchen table, however I have a hectic work schedule so i will squeeze time out to do the course. My goal is to get better with money.

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  2. I’ll be doing this class in the evenings after my university classes! I’m excited to finally get better with money and develop an astute awareness of what’s leaving my bank each month – hopefully one that will stick around for the entire life!

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  3. I will be doing the assignments on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while my daughter is in her dance classes while sitting at a comfy booth sipping on tea and a treat at the nearby Panera. Looking forward to putting my mind at ease when it comes to my budget and finances!

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  4. I am going to do my assignments in the evenings after work. I want to be more intentional to honor God with the way I approach and handle my money.

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  5. My budgeting time will be done at night in my car waiting for delivery orders. I want to start out reviewing my budget daily to get a good handle on the process.

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  6. I can make out the time daily to take 1 assignment each day.
    there is an excitement coz course is teaching to be good with our own money and I want to be that smart finance manager for my each penny.

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  7. Hi Everyone my name is Jucado
    I’m so glad to be a student here
    My goal is to have a financial freedom.
    I think this course will course will help me to achieve that.

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  8. Hi Everyone my name is Jucado
    I’m so glad to be a student here
    My goal is to have a financial freedom.
    I think this course will course will help me to achieve that.
    I will do my homework at night before bedtime

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  9. I will be doing all of the assignments for the week on Sunday nights with my husband. He’s gone during the week and only home on weekends and we are completing this together. We just got married and have combined finances so we are excited to learn to budget together and be on the same page instead of sending constant texts or calls letting the other know what we had to buy and why.

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  10. I will doing these assignments on the go. I’m excited to learn how to efficiently and effectively budget and save money as I have had issues with overspending over the years.

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