Notice *Before* You Spend

Week 2 | Day 10 | GB 101: Budget Bootcamp

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Great job with yesterday’s assignment! Let’s keep this momentum going. We’ve been working on noticing our spending while it’s happening. Now we want to shift to begin noticing our spending before it happens. If we can do that, we’ll give ourselves the opportunity to check our budgets before it’s too late.

John, a Goodbudgeting pro, said,

“My Envelope’s balance bar indicates whether I am ahead or behind on the current day of the month, so when I go shopping, I can refer to my cell phone. That allows me to focus on my family’s priorities to find the best value for my dollar at the current time.”

Because John knows how much he has to spend, he can focus on finding products that are within his budget and also work for his family. That’s where we want to be too!

Today’s Assignment

  1. Notice when you think “I am going to spend.” Today’s task is simple: Notice moments when you think you are going to spend before you swipe your card. That might be when you’re running errands and find yourself in need of coffee. When you notice you’re about spend, consult your budget to make sure there’s enough for the expense.
  2. What was it like to shift from noticing while you were spending to noticing before you spent? Let us know and the other readers know how that shift was for you by leaving a comment below.

Happy budgeting,

-The Goodbudget Team

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1 thought on “Notice *Before* You Spend”

  1. It made me more conscious of my laziness… I commute home past a bunch of restaurants and often I’m like let’s just take the day off… then when I actually spend I’m like ugh but at that point I’ve already eaten.

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