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

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44 thoughts on “Welcome to Budget Bootcamp”

    • I plan to complete assignments with my morning coffee, when it’s early and still quiet. I will divvy up assignments and spend 10 or so minutes on by budget daily.

    • I plan to do assignments on Tuesdays and Thursdays and weekends. I am excited to learn day by day and to have someone else tell me what to do! Right now I just push forward and do the minimal and ask for help when I’m stuck. I know that GB has a lot more to offer than what I am currently taking advantage of. Thanks!

    • I will be doing my assignments on a Sunday, my only day off lol. Really excited about planning ahead so I’m not living paycheck to paycheck and can save some money

  1. My budget is living. That means anytime I make a transaction I will use good budget. Before I spend it I check my envelope for that category of spending if I don’t have enough I don’t buy it. It helps me with self control. Good budget has thought me discipline. As far as when I formally balance my check book with good budget? Prior to making a deposit.

  2. I’ll be doing my assignments first thing every morning, at the kitchen table, with coffee in hand.

    We’ve recently retired and working now on a fixed income, so budgeting is more important than ever.

  3. I will do my lessons mid morning after my exercise and coffee. I will be having surgery on my right shoulder in the middle of the month, so I may have to change my time to make time for Rehab.

  4. I’ll do the planning at my kitchen table in the evenings after dinner. As I get ready to send one of my kiddos to college, I need a new way to plan and budget.

  5. I have recently retired and will be living on a fixed income less than I have been having. This is my first time having a budget and I am looking forward to learning tips and tricks to do it right from the start.

  6. I’ll be doing mine first thing in the morning as I pray for guidance in all my affairs. I’m so glad to have you all as a support team. God bless you all. Danny

  7. I will probably do all assignments for the week at one time. I will do them on one of the days I am not working during the week. I have never done a budget before and I am 61 years old! Now that I am retiring and will be living on a limited income, I need this in order to be sure I have enough money for bills, trips, and grandchildren.

  8. I work on this in the evening after my son goes to bed and on the weekends. I am excited to learn more on the envelope system and hopefully it will help me stick with it. I tried it before and struggled. I am really hoping to create a budget that isn’t paycheck to paycheck and help me get out of debt (mainly student loans)

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