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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825 thoughts on “Welcome to Budget Bootcamp”

  1. I plan on doing this directly after school at my desk, I am still in the mindset of doing school work since our days are shorter. I will probably try to do it all on one day of the week.

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  2. I would do my homework in a quite room because that when I’m most productive and also very focused on the assignment.

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  3. I will complete my homework in my room before school and on the weekends. I am excited to learn how to manage my money because I have a shopping problem.

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  4. I plan to do my daily assignments either in bed resting after work or doing all the assignments for the week at my home office desk Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon.

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  5. I plan to complete assignments daily before starting my work shift. I’m excited because I spent way too much money without a plan that works.

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  6. I plan to complete assignments each night before bed. I really need to be more aware of my spending instead of running from the truth.

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  7. I will do the assignments in the early morning hours, when I get up but after a couple cups of coffee–having an assignment may motivate me to exercise, too. Plan on working here at a small improvised desk in my apartment.

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  8. My husband and I will be working on this in the evening before bed. I am tired of struggling paycheck to paycheck. We want to start making plans for family vacations and for the future.

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  9. I planned to do my assignments early in the morning before the family is awake. My goal is to improve my credit score and create a budget so I can save some money each month to invest in real estate and the stock market. I’m excited about learning how to plan and implement a strategic budget. I’m looking forward to the course.

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  10. Excited to be here!! Need to learn budgeting basics and how to put my husband and I in the same page when it comes to finances. I plan on doing my homework in the mornings with coffee on the porch!

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  11. I plan on sitting on my couch with my two-week-old great-niece doing my assignments more than likely in one sitting and I’m taking this course because I can’t seem to keep money till the end of the month.

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  12. I’m a substitute teacher, so I don’t always know my work schedule, so when I do the assignments will vary each day. I will put it on my to do list near the top so it gets done, whether in the morning after kids go to school, on a break at work, or after school sometime.

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  13. Will do as assigned, I’ll take some time for myself through out the day. Looking forward to getting this loose end of my life together.

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  14. I plan to do my assignments in the morning around 6am after I do daily bible time. I am most excited about FINALLY getting our finance in order

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  15. I will do these assignments through the day during work since most of the time I’m able to have sufficient amount of time. On my laptop.

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  16. I’m excited to start budgeting as I’m about to move out on my own. I look forward to all the tips and tricks this class will teach me!:)

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