Six months ago, I launched The Mindful Budgeting Program: a PDF that includes 8 templates you can print off each month and customize to fit your needs. When I first decided to piece the program together, my goal was to put everything I do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis directly into your hands, so you could stop making impulse purchases and start making mindful decisions.
Based on your emails, comments and reviews, I feel like we’ve accomplished that goal together. I have loved looking at the weekly spending sheets users share in the private Facebook group, discussing budgeting strategies for all different financial situations and celebrating wins together. I think everyone who has used the program, so far, now knows there is no one-size-fits-all solution for budgeting. To achieve our financial goals, we simply need to make more mindful decisions.
Since launching the downloadable version of the program, I’ve known that I wanted to create a physical version. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ve been searching for a planner like this in bookstores for years – scanning titles and opening anything that looked like this, but nothing ever has. Why is it that you can find gardening journals and one-sentence diaries, but no stores seem to sell budgeting planners!? I’ve never understood that… so, I decided to make it myself.
The Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planner
Everything that’s included in the downloadable print templates is included in the planner. When you turn the page to a new month, you’ll find a calendar, a budget template (which now includes areas to specifically track your income, spending and savings), spending sheets and weekly check-ins.
When I used to search for budgeting planners in stores, I was looking for something that included designated space to track my spending every day, as well as write down my to-dos. Since the two often go hand-in-hand, I wanted them to be side-by-side – but I couldn’t find that anywhere.
The first template I designed for the Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planner was the daily page you see below; it’s so simple yet it’s my favourite part of the planner – and that’s the whole point. Repeating simple actions – like tracking your spending – is often what helps us make the biggest changes.
I have also created cover pages for each month that include personal advice/quotes. And, finally, there is a unique check-in at the end of every month, where you can dig a little deeper with your spending, reflect on the month that’s just ended and plan for what’s ahead.
Even though this might look like an ordinary day planner, I consider Mindful Budgeting to be somewhat of a course, in that I’ve laid it out hoping you will use it a certain way. There is something for you to do every day, week, month and quarter, all of which I outline at the beginning of the planner.
I love the downloadable version for the flexibility it offers you, but I can’t wait to see what you do with this in your hands. Not only do I imagine the planner being thrown into purses or kept in a special spot at home, but I see it being part of your daily life, and using it becoming one of your healthy habits.
“Mindful Budgeting has given me a wonderful new way to look at and to track my money from week to week. I’d recommend it to anyone – even if you’ve never been into budgets before.” – Des, Half Banked
By using it, my hope is you will actually achieve the financial goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the new year, and finish 2016 with a better understanding of your personal finances and a vision of what you want to achieve in future years. If nothing else, I hope the planner helps you realize what matters most to you in life, so you can make sure your spending and saving aligns with that.
As you can imagine, this project was no small undertaking. I’ve been talking to my designer about creating a 2016 planner, since the day after we launched the downloadable version of the Mindful Budgeting Program. We’ve spent months designing it, looking for print shops, getting quotes, proofing it, etc. Now, there are finally hard copies sitting in my home – ready to be shipped to you!
Here’s a more detailed list of what you’ll find in the Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planner:
- Daily spending sheets, where you can track both your spending and your to-do list items (this is the reason I created the planner!)
- Weekly check-ins, which will help you reflect on the week that’s just ended and get ready for the one ahead
- Unique monthly check-ins
- Monthly budget templates
- Quarterly exercises that will help you map out your goals and make sure your budget aligns with them
- Spreadsheets to track both your debt repayment and savings progress
- Calendars (with Canada and USA holidays)
- And instructions on how to use the planner daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly.
The planner itself is:
- 6 x 9 inches
- 340 pages (the size of a good book!)
- Hard cover with matte finish
Cost and Shipping Information
The Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planner is no longer available. You can purchase the latest version of the Mindful Budgeting Planner here.
Fundraising Campaign: Budgeting for Better Orphan Care
If you read my friend Joshua’s blog, you know he recently launched The Hope Effect – a non-profit that is set to change how the world cares for orphans. From now until December 25th, I am donating 5% of all sales of the Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planner to The Hope Effect. When you purchase a planner, I will donate $2 USD to this cause. My goal is to sell at least 350 planners, so we can fundraise $700 for The Hope Effect; that’s enough to provide an orphan with education for one year.
I’m still in shock that the planner is finally done, here and ready to be used. What was once a frustrating thought about how it seemed impossible to find anything like this in stores is now a reality… in my hands! Even if you don’t want to buy one for yourself, family or friends, I hope you’ll celebrate with me. This project was a huge undertaking and I am so excited to finally see it come to life (and use it myself!).
Happy budgeting! :)