Welcome to 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 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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906 thoughts on “Welcome to Budget Bootcamp”

  1. After dinner. And breaking them up during the week. I’m not so good with figures & math and budgeting, so I hope this will make me feel more ease in handling what I do have to spend.

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  2. 10 minutes a day when I’m up and at ‘em, I know I have a tendency to forget sometimes so if need be I’ll shift to 20 minutes every other day.

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  3. 8:30 morning when the school drop-off is being done. At the dining room table. Looking forward to a budget that I can keep to, I haven’t managed that before.

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  4. First lesson and you know my dark secret! When it comes to managing my finances, whether I have plenty or not enough, I have to fight the urge to cover my eyes and not look. It is the most curious thing. Maybe disciplining myself to perk once a day, just a little will get me past it.

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  5. My husband and I are meeting with our Pastor and working on this together. I plan on doing this in the morning with my coffee, and before my hubby goes to bed for the day.

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  6. I will do my assignments early in the morning while having my coffee, wherever it will be (I’m on vacation right now). I’m willing to have this budgeting course because I always had this feeling of complete missing of control over my expenses, over my savings. And it let me down, like if no matter what I would have done money will just fly away. And it’s time to learn how to save and pheraphs build a safe plane with them.

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  7. Thanks for this course. I’m excited to understand what budgeting is and would be tackling the assignments daily during free periods without distractions.

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