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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2,010 thoughts on “Welcome to Budget Bootcamp”

  1. I think Ill do these after supper with a cup of coffee once the table is cleared off. Im excited to work towards goals to keep me financially healthy. Less worry and more time to write! 🙂

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  2. I have realised that I spend without a plan and feel like it’s time to start saving up for the future. Although I don’t spend in a ridiculous way I feel like saving and spending in a systematic way is healthier. Planning to work on homework During morning hours.

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  3. I plan to work on this in the evening. I will try to space out the lessons so I develop the muscle memory of working at this daily. I.look forward to being able to retire comfortably.

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  4. Really looking forward to this, I’m 56 never worked on a budget before, I have dyscalculia (number dyslexia), so always put it off, but recently my partner of 5 years moved in and we really need a budget, we are both really bad with numbers and both have memory problems, so getting our financial act together is vital.
    I’ll probably do it in the afternoons after a little nap!

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  5. I am excited to learn how to stick to a budget, especially with a spouse and teenage daughter! I will do my assignments before bed and on the weekends.

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  6. I’ll be completing my assignments at my desk, depending on my schedule it will be before work in the mornings or in the early evenings before dinner.

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  7. Will be working on assignments most likely on the weekends or in the evenings. Excited to see if this is easier than other budgeting techniques I have tried

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  8. i am able to do this course in between work shifts or at night in the computer room where its nice and quite for study. my goal is to buy myself a house and am not really to purchase it, and by doing this course it will help me to gain that goal and help others with budgeting advise

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  9. I will work on the assignments after watering my plants in the morning. My plan is to chunk them out early in the week so as to start my week strong. Looking forward to creating financial security with the support of this program. Thanks

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  10. I am excited about the new journey I am about to take learning to know where my money go I will be doing the assignment every evening after work

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  11. I will do my homework at night after work. I may do all on the same day. I’m excited to learn techniques that will last so that I have lass stress regarding my finances

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  12. I will do the assignments after dinner and probably a couple at a time. I need to get my finances under control and stop living paycheck to paycheck. I look forward to finally getting out of debt and being able give and live comfortably.

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  13. I set aside time for the next month to do this first thing early in the morning with my coffee when it’s quiet and there are no interruptions. I’m excited to finally develop the discipline to spend within my means and live with more peace.

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  14. I’m 80 years old am am really enjoying planning my budget! I need to know where my money is going with prices rising so much, especially groceries and petrol! I’m going to do my homework in the morning. In bed, with my coffee and 2 little dogs!

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  15. I will be doing my assignments when I wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and my reading chair along with my two cats. Hopefully they will be able to help me with budgeting better than I’m doing on my own. I’ve needed help for 62 years on how to budget money so I’m hoping this plan will work.

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  16. Making time for this has been hard, I saved them all to one email folder, and will start do them bit for bit as time allows. The goal is to become financially healthy in the near future.

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  17. I’ll be doing them whenever I get the 10 min as my life isn’t ‘normal’ I’m excited to stick it to the banks the thieving buggers!

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