Manage Your Money Grand Prize Giveaway & Questionnaire

March was awesome fun! I really enjoyed the Manage Your Money challenge and I hope you did too. Even if you didn’t participate in the comments each week, I hope you found the information and exercises to be helpful in every way. To the ones that did participate, I AM SO VERY PROUD of all of you! You took my exercises seriously each and every week—what more could I ask for? You took the challenge because you saw the need to, and you didn’t do what most people did, which was talk the talk but not walk the walk.

More than 30 people gave up before they ever started, but not you! That makes me extremely proud of your accomplishments! Thank you for all of your effort and hard work during the challenge, and I hope you come back often to stay motivated. I really feel like we built a little community here. I can’t thank you enough!!

To the sponsors: I really appreciate all of your generosity as it made this project so wonderful and fun. The Manage Your Money challenge would not have been nearly as great had you not stepped up and sponsored it. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! THANK YOU!

To ALL OF THE BLOGGERS that helped me spread the word about this exciting project of mine—THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Prize Giveaway Eligibility

To be eligible for the grand prize you will have had to participate in at least 4 out of the 5 challenges during March. If you did so, then you will be entered in the drawing for the Premium Pocketsmith membership upgrades. I changed this since I added an extra lesson, but the ones who ended up being eligible participated in every lesson. Only one person missed one lesson. 6 of you have a special place in my heart now, and the ones that joined up late, I love you too, but I have to stick to the rules laid out in the beginning! I certainly appreciate your participation as well, and I hope you won something along the way. ;)

As you know I have a bonus prize to giveaway too. To be eligible for the bonus prize (FPU Membership Kit) I ask that you complete the following questionnaire. If you followed along with my challenges throughout the month but did not comment, feel free to leave me any feedback, but in order to win the bonus prize you will have had to participated in the Manage Your Money Challenge in the comments section. I will give you until Friday at midnight to complete the questionnaire, and will update THIS POST when the winner is selected via random.org.

Manage Your Money Questionnaire

(Your feedback is greatly appreciated!)

  1. What was your favorite exercise/lesson in the Manage Your Money Challenge? What taught you the most?
  2. Did you find each exercise/lesson to be valuable to your specific situation?
  3. Would you recommend this challenge to your friends and family?
  4. Did participating in this challenge help you change anything specific about yourself?
  5. How can I make this better in the future? Was there anything you didn’t like about it?

The Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL!

  • Pocketsmith Premium Upgrade – Donna
  • Pocketsmith Premium Upgrade – Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
  • Pocketsmith Premium Upgrade – Julie
  • Financial Peace University Lifetime Membership Kit – Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

FPU KIT

Thanks for taking my challenge! See you next time! There will be more challenges in the future, but don’t forget to come back on Saturday morning to see who won the FPU Membership Kit!

OTHER MANAGE YOUR MONEY POSTS

  1. Manage Your Money Sign Up
  2. Manage Your Money Pre-Challenge Post: On Paper On Purpose
  3. I Love You…Like A Blogger!
  4. WEEK ONE CHALLENGE: Manage Your Money – Wants Versus Needs
  5. WEEK TWO CHALLENGE: Teamwork, Accountability, and Kids
  6. WEEK THREE CHALLENGE: Death By 1000 Cuts
  7. WEEK FOUR CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF DEBT!
  8. BONUS CHALLENGE: Think Ahead and Stay Determined!
  9. FINAL POST: Feedback & Winners
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  1. Kim says:

    1. What was your favorite exercise/lesson in the Manage Your Money Challenge? What taught you the most?
    It’s really difficult for me to choose one lesson that taught me the most since I found them all to be really useful. However, since I’m somewhat new to budgeting, the last week’s challenge of thinking ahead to expenses in future months (especially irregular ones) was good for me. It was helpful to actually write them down. Up until I did that challenge, I was just thinking of them in my head the month before. Now I have some idea what to expect during the next 12 months, which I can see will make budgeting a lot easier.

    2. Did you find each exercise/lesson to be valuable to your specific situation?
    Yes, I was able to complete all challenges because they all directly applied to my life/circumstances. Of course impulse shopping is something for me always to keep in check, I still have some debt to pay off, I have a husband and children to communicate with, and I still have wants that are definitely not needs. Every challenge was great.

    3. Would you recommend this challenge to your friends and family?
    Actually I did try to get my mother to do this challenge, but she said she didn’t have time. I would definitely recommend this to others, but I think every person has to be self motivated to take the time to actually do the work required and get the results.

    4. Did participating in this challenge help you change anything specific about yourself?
    Yes! I have become much more patient with my husband with regard to our budgeting. Even though he’s not as excited about it as me, he’s doing his part to stay on board and I’ve learned to appreciate that.

    5. How can I make this better in the future? Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
    I liked everything about the challenge. My only suggestion would be to maybe allow participants Friday through Sunday to complete the challenges. I’m just so busy Monday through Friday, I had a little difficulty finding time to write my responses during the week. (That said, I did find the time to do all the challenges because I was determined.) Perhaps you could present each challenge later in the week and then have all responses due by Monday or something like that. That’s really the only thing I can think of. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this. I have really enjoyed and appreciated the entire month of challenges.

  2. 1. What was your favorite exercise/lesson in the Manage Your Money Challenge? What taught you the most?
    “Death by 1000 Cuts”…I actually stopped myseld from spending $20 that week on candy and a few cute dogs toys. Thanks!

    2. Did you find each exercise/lesson to be valuable to your specific situation?
    Yes, it was fun to analyze our spending habits and see where we could make changes.

    3. Would you recommend this challenge to your friends and family?
    Definitely…I’ve already told a few to check this out!

    4. Did participating in this challenge help you change anything specific about yourself?
    I know I’m frugal, but this helped me really prioritize…I now will buy Raisinettes, but skip the Oreos and Skittles too.

    5. How can I make this better in the future? Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
    I had fun. I’ll email you if I can come up with any great suggestions, but I really just had fun.

  3. Julie says:

    1. What was your favorite exercise/lesson in the Manage Your Money Challenge? What taught you the most?

    I think it was Death by 1000 cuts. I also have an impulse shopping problem and really need to keep on top of it more.

    2. Did you find each exercise/lesson to be valuable to your specific situation?
    Yes, definitely. I need to keep track more of what we really spend vs. my budget.

    3. Would you recommend this challenge to your friends and family?
    Yes.

    4. Did participating in this challenge help you change anything specific about yourself?
    Yes. I stop and think more about each purchase and we put budget underruns into the mortgage now.

    5. How can I make this better in the future? Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
    I really enjoyed myself and did not find anything I didn’t like.

  4. Kathleen C says:

    I missed one week… Midnight on Thursday came and went that week before I could get my thoughts together. And midnight tonight is fast approaching and I almost missed it!

    1. What was your favorite exercise/lesson in the Manage Your Money Challenge? What taught you the most? My favorite was the Thinking Ahead Bonus Challenge. It is amazing how fast a budget can break when a required irregular expense pops up and no plan has been put in place to prepare for it. I think the one I missed posting is the one that taught me the most – want v. need. So many of us convince ourselves that what we need are the things we want, when we could get along without many of those things!

    2. Did you find each exercise/lesson to be valuable to your specific situation? For the most part, all of these things were valuable for me. I’ve learned to look past the couples language in these and Dave’s and other people’s lessons. It has taken me a while, but I’m better at it. So much is addressed to traditional family set up that when yours is not, it is hard to adapt the message. This exercise has helped me do more of that– looking past the language for the real lesson.

    3. Would you recommend this challenge to your friends and family? Indeed I would – though most are like me – single parents of teenagers/young adults. I believe my sister, in particular, should read through this. She’s working a plan and I think she’d gain some insight into her situation.

    4. Did participating in this challenge help you change anything specific about yourself? Well, as I said in No. 2, the looking past the couples/traditional family focus has been important for me. Also, because I was thinking about the challenge, I stayed more in tune with my habits, especially the eradication of bad ones!

    5. How can I make this better in the future? Was there anything you didn’t like about it? The only thing that would have worked better for me would be having the required comment posting be on Saturday rather than during the week. If I wasn’t able to get to the answers right away, I didn’t always have time to get back to them before the deadlines early on – hence the one missed week.

  5. Donna says:

    Brad,

    So sorry I missed the last give a way but I will post any way. I have just been ill (my fibro is kicking my butt).

    1. Accountability and Kids. Most definitely. For me that is a big challenge right now. My son called the other day and just wanted to tell us about a super sale at his store! He is working any shift he can get and is managing to get 38 hours. We have instructed him to save up $1000 for an emergency fund before we start handing him any of the other bills.

    2. I found every lesson to be very valuable. It touched something in every area of our finances and our LIFE. The lesson I mentioned above was probably the most needed but they were all great.

    3. I would definitely recommend this challenge! To anyone and everyone.

    4. The kid challenge changed our thinking and enabled us to develop a plan on how to really get our son involved with his own finances. This has affected not only us but our son also and we believe it will most definitely benefit him in his future as well with his own kids!

    5. I agree with the above poster. I really agree that a Saturday required posting would be better. I don’t think anything else could have been better! Brad, you have definitely changed my family’s life. God bless you. I am looking forward to your next challenge!!!!!!! :o)

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