Where I work, I have seen plenty of stressed out parents buying things for their kids who are going back to school, and specifically their college or university children who are leaving the nest. This one lady said to me “do you have any idea how expensive it is to send your kid off to university?” And then she proceeded to tell me how she has 3 more at home. I suddenly wanted to excuse myself and text my husband a giant “High 5” because we don’t have any kids. I felt like we dodged a financial bullet! Our little dog doesn’t need books, rent, tuition, or spending money. (He did have training classes back when he was a puppy, but that’s it!)
I wondered (just because of my heightened awareness), if her young adult had a good concept about money and budgeting. How could he even begin to know as he’s only about to experience being an adult for the first time. A lot of what he is about to learn is going to be from trial and error, hindsight, and from what his parents taught him. We can’t help that our ideas really aren’t our own until we become independent. Then we can decide better what works for us. What kind of value will money have? What kind of value will things have? What portion of money goes toward responsible things, and how much toward his social life?
When I first started out financially, I worked in broadcasting and I honestly don’t know how I survived on some of those paychecks early on. And I even worked for a company where my paycheck bounced! Can you believe that? I thought a paycheck was a sure thing…well I found out that almost nothing is a sure thing lol. My training video #9 “Starting Out Financially” talks more about the lessons I learned when I first became an adult.
When I launched Easy Peasy Budget, I decided to choose 10 people I would give it to for free. These are people I know….friends, family, acquaintances. I even had some of them bugging me when it wasn’t quite completed yet “when will it be finished…when, when, when?” I had no expectations of them. What I thought could be useful was some feedback, to let me know if they felt something could have been explained better, or if they had any troubles getting through a certain step, or maybe to help develop an FAQ for my website. So finally I finished all 11 training videos, and the Monthly Page, and my website went live.
Do you know what I found interesting? I started getting excuses like some of them were too busy, it wasn’t the right time, they hadn’t started it yet, and on and on. These are just things they would say when they’d see me…I wasn’t even asking about it. You might think that would upset me, but none of that seems shocking to me…do you want to know why?
Because none of them were actively looking for a budget system. None of them were scouring the internet the night before for 2 hours weighing their options on budget systems. They knew me, and they wanted to support me, and some of them really need this system, and some of them don’t.
My ideal “customer” or “budgeter” as I would prefer to call you… is YOU! You found me on your own. You were actively on the internet with a burning desire about your money and your finances. You were out there looking for a solution to your problem. You wanted it to get better…you wanted more…you were taking control of your own situation.
Pretend you went on you tube and found me, and all of my system was out there for free…you wouldn’t value it as much as when you had to pay for it. If it had been free, you may or may not start it…and you may or may not finish it. Like it or not, paying for something yourself, increases the value and the dedication you feel toward that product. My “budgeters” who purchased my system are out there learning it, applying it, and owning it because they wanted to, and certainly not because they know me. To me it makes perfect sense that you would be my ideal person…the exact person I hoped to help by launching my very own budget system that I have been using for almost 25 years now. I might be like no one you know because I love budgeting and I look forward to working with our household budget every week!