Welcome to Goodbudget 911: Crash Course

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Survive, Adapt, and Thrive

Welcome to Goodbudget 911: Crash Course. It’s very possible you’re here not because you want to be, but because something is forcing you to make emergency changes to your budget. That might be a pay cut, a job loss, or a hefty medical bill that needs to be paid soon. Whatever that thing is, it’s shaking your foundation. You might be thinking, “How can I get food on the table? How can we pay bills this month?”

It makes sense to ask these questions. More importantly, it’s okay (and even good!) to acknowledge that a situation like that can be overwhelming and even scary.

You might be in survival mode right now, and that’s okay! This course is all about helping you find your footing in the short term so you can adapt to your new situation and even thrive down the road.

You’ll walk through three distinct stages in this course, and each stage contains two parts. The first part of each stage tells the story of a fictional family who have also hit a bump in their financial road. You’ll see how they:

  • Survive the start of their crisis by making a plan to help them pay bills on time and put food on the table.
  • Adapt to their situation by developing a lean budget and making other habit changes. They figure out how to pay for necessities indefinitely while also building an emergency fund to shield them from future financial emergencies.
  • Thrive, or at least hope to thrive, in the long term by creating a plan for when their next normal starts.

The second part of each stage contains homework: you’ll take what you’ve learned from the fictional family and apply it to your own situation.

Tell us in the comments below

  • What are you eager to learn about in this course?
  • When are you planning to do the homework?

P.S. If you’re not in the midst of an emergency, but you’re struggling to get ahead because you’re living paycheck to paycheck, GB 30: Break the Cycle might be a better fit. In that course, you’ll spend 30 days working to boost savings and begin building a one-month cushion so you can break the paycheck to paycheck cycle for good. 

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32 thoughts on “Welcome to Goodbudget 911: Crash Course”

  1. I want to learn from other budgeters about how they manage in the midst of a money crisis. For me, the best time to do homework is after my kids have gone to bed and the house is quiet.

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  2. I started Dave Ramsey financial peace university in March a week later I was furloughed the next week. I will do my homework on Wednesdays. I hope to learn from this course how to survive in a V shape recovery.

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  3. I’m a single parent, I never have enough money to last me through the month. I’m hoping to learn more about budgeting so that I can turn things around. I’m gonna be doing my homework just before bed.

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  4. I want to know how to get through and crisis and then correct and maintain the path. The best time for me to do this is in the evening when my hisband is home.

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  5. Im so thankful for these courses and I’m excited to learn how to use the app and create an emergency budget for our current situation. And to then create a long lasting budget and way of living. I will do my homework in the mornings with my husband and coffee.

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  6. Excited to learn how to adjust my budget system based on my current circumstances. I plan to do my homework at night, after family dinner.

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  7. I am excited to learn how to budget my money so that I possibly have a little money left at the end of the month. I will be doing the homework whenever my 4 year old lays her little head down.

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  8. I’m eager to learn how to budget at all and how to pay my bills/past due bills which will also help my credit. I need to know what to do when I have no planned monthly income and not sure who will hire me being 27 weeks pregnant but still have tons of bills piling up? I will be doing my homework every evening right after my son goes to bed.

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  9. I want stop “stress” spending…make a workable budget…and improve my credit score. Homework in the morning with coffee 2 or 3 times a week.

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  10. I am in the middle of an emergency now, and I could really use some help. I always had struggle with money, did not know how to manage it, how to build an emergency fund. so that’s why I am eager to learn in this course, I could use some tips from other people and from this course.

    I am planning to do my homework in the morning when everyone else is sleeping, this is when I will be more concentrate and productive,

    Looking forward to learning from everyone.

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  11. As my partner is self-employed I want to learn how to better deal in financial crisis as we can go into a COVID lockdown at any time and I recently changed my job to be closer to home. I would also like my children to learn this as well for their own financial futures.

    I will do the homework in the evening after dinner.

    I am looking forward to learning

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  12. Looking forward to learning about making better habits to get ahead. And on Sunday’s or at least weekends is when I’ll get homework done.

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  13. What are you eager to learn about in this course?
    When are you planning to do the homework?

    I’m eager to learn how I can improve my financial state.
    I will do my homework when I get home from work.

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  14. I’m needing to learn how to spend my money better. As in bills first, fun stuff later. I’m hoping that this budgeting course will click with my minor case of OCD Al which would help me follow a. I’d get better. I’ll be doing my homework after I get home from work each day.

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  15. I’m a divorced 56 to female and work hard to meet my obligations. I have no wiggle room, let alone any savings or retirement…I feel doomed.
    Just hoping to get a little encouragement from others as I sit and watch, learn and listen.

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  16. At 55, due to a diagnosed aneurism I have to reinvent my life (i feel so old and tired). But i hope to get in control by starting with a fresh budget approach to my new financial situation.

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  17. I’m starting out a new career in finance, so I’m trying to help people deal with their financial emergencies while finding the best way to deal with my own. My insurance at my new job changed somewhat drastically and I’m now resonating for more medical expenses than anticipated, so I’m trying to find the best way to handle that.

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