Fearless Budgeting Course #1: Foundational Course: Creating Your Spending Plan

Developed by a recovering compulsive spender to address the unique challenges faced by compulsive spenders | taught by Susan B.

Course description

What You will Learn

There are two courses, together containing 50 lessons (5 hours and 42 minutes), that will give you all you need to create and maintain a spending plan as a natural part of your life. Each lesson contains an audio and text.

Please note that the online course is free, but you can optionally purchase a print or Kindle version of the book and a download of all the audios for offline listening.

Course #1: Create Your Spending Plan Foundation

In this course, I gently walk you through the process of creating your foundational spending plan. Together, we overcome the emotional roadblocks and fears that have kept you from moving forward in the past, and slowly and incrementally piece together your spending plan.

By the end of this course (within one to two weeks if you follow my instructions), you will have a complete spending plan foundation, and you will understand how to bring your spending in line with your income.

LENGTH: 2 hours, 22 minutes

Topics include:

  • Learning the difference between a budget and a spending plan
  • Understanding what categories you need
  • Tracking income
  • Easily figuring out how much money to allocate to categories
  • Discovering your foundational number
  • EXCEL WORKBOOK with automatic calculations! (Pdf version as well)
  • And much, much more!

Additional specialized topics are included, such as:

  • Tracking your spending while in relationship
  • Tracking spending with children
  • Gaining clarity around past debt
  • Making tax time simple (including an easy system for solopreneurs)
Once you have completed this course, follow up with Course #2: Working with Your Spending Plan, to learn all you need to make working with your spending plan a natural part of your life.
Susan B.
Susan B.
Spending Plan Trainer

I’m Susan B., a recovering compulsive spender. My expertise lies in working one-on-one with other compulsive spenders to overcome the fear of looking at their numbers, walking them through creating the foundation for their spending plan, and providing technical training to teach them how to work with their spending plan and use budgeting software.

I've created a 54 episode podcast about recovery from compulsive spending, where I share my experience, strength, and hope to help you on your journey. Now, I’ve also created a a complete online budgeting training program that contains everything I teach in my one-on-one training.

If you want help creating or maintaining a spending plan, this training program is for you. Even if you already have a spending plan, the training will be a helpful refresher and will likely provide you a with new perspectives and tips. The Fearless Budgeting Training Program includes the exact same process I’ve successfully used with my one-on-one students since 2010.


You might also want to take a look at the Getting Out from Going Under Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders. Filled with practical tips, inspiration, and a thought for each day, the Daily Reader will encourage and motivate you to stay on the path of recovery.

Please feel free to reach out to ask me questions at fearlessbudgeting@gmail.com. 

If you take the training course, you can also post questions in the student discussion forum.

You can also find me at:

FearlessBudgeting.wordpress.com

GettingOutfromGoingUnder.wordpress.com (recovery blog)

ICantStopSpending.com (podcast)


Course Curriculum

**Please Read This First**
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Lesson #1: Welcome
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Lesson #2: How to Take the Course
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Lesson #3: So Why Do You Need a Spending Plan?
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Lesson #4: Please Do Not Jump Ahead
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Lesson #5: Crucial Lesson - Spending Plan vs. Budget
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Lesson #6: Foundational Document & Meeting Delayed Gratification
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Lesson #7: Let's Begin
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Lesson #9: Categories
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Lesson #10: Master and Subcategories
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Lesson #12: Is There a Miscellaneous Category?
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Lesson #13: About Your Debts
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Lesson #14: Small Business & Hobby Tax Reporting Made Easy
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Lesson #15: Next Step
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Lesson #16: Getting Ready for Deeper Water
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Lesson #17: It's Time to Begin Tracking Your Spending
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Lesson #18: Detective Work Part I
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Lesson #19: Detective Work Part II
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Lesson #20: Add Up the Numbers on the Worksheet
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Lesson #21: For Those with Debt
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Lesson #22: Time to Talk Income
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Lesson #23: Adding Up Your Master Categories & Income
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Lesson #24: Calculating Your Foundationa Number
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Lesson #25: It's All About Choices
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Lesson #26: Congratulations!
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Reviews (2)

by Natasha Celebrin

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

by Raquel Ryckman
What an awesome and gentle approach to getting budgeting under control. Thanks for your candid and relatable way of explaining things. What a gift. Raquel

by Natasha Celebrin

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

by Raquel Ryckman
What an awesome and gentle approach to getting budgeting under control. Thanks for your candid and relatable way of explaining things. What a gift. Raquel