Do You Need Spending Plan Help?

I am currently working on completing the free Fearless Budgeting online training program and am not available for one-on-one training at this time. You can sign up on the Fearless Budgeting website to be alerted as soon as the program is up and running!

Do you want to create a spending plan, but feel overwhelmed by the process and terrified of looking at your numbers?

Are you a frustrated YNAB® user who needs personalized support and troubleshooting?

I can help!

Click here to set up a free 20 minute call to see if I can help you with your spending plan or YNAB issues.

(COMING SOON!) The Fearless Budgeting Training Program for Compulsive Spenders
with all the information you need to create and work with your spending plan.

I offer one-on-one training to help compulsive spenders create and maintain their spending plan. To see if I might help you, please answer the following questions:

  • Are you filled with anxiety about working with numbers?
  • Do you feel terrified at the idea of facing the reality of your spending?
  • Have you made repeated unsuccessful attempts to create a spending plan?
  • Did you ever make a spending plan, but gave up on using it?
  • Do you find budgeting classes and books overwhelming?
  • Do you just want someone to walk you, step-by-step, through creating a spending plan and/or learning budgeting software with only the functions you need using your actual numbers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can help! My expertise lies in working with 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 use budgeting software.

Important! Having a spending plan will not cure compulsive spending. My training programs are an adjunct to whatever recovery process you are engaged in, not a replacement

What I can Teach You

Create Your Spending Plan Foundation

In this training, 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. By the end of the 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.

Student Comment:
“I had been in [a 12-Step recovery program] for about two years, but was not yet clear on what I should be doing for my spending plan. Susan led me step by crucial step throughout the process, making it very easy to understand.
I love the YNAB® program. Though I had attempted it on my own, it wasn’t until working with Susan that I was able to understand all the capabilities and how easy it is to manage my finances and, best of all, my spending plan.
I could not have done this on my own, and I would still be stuck without having a workable budget and spending plan. As a result, I might be over-spending and living in chaos around money.”

Rose Black, The Food Freedom Expert
“Helping women all over the world to wear all the clothes in their closet! (instead of just the ones that fit Right Now!”)

Track Your Spending

Once you have your spending plan foundation, you need a method to track your spending ongoing to ensure you are living within your means. In this course, you will receive A to Z training on the process of tracking your spending.

Topics include:

  • Must-have components of any spending plan tracking system.
  • How to reconcile your spending plan with your bank account.
  • Limiting the likelihood of errors when reconciling, and finding errors quickly when there is a problem.
  • Dealing with cash.
  • And much more!

Additional specialized topics are included, depending on your needs, such as:

  • Tracking your spending when you have a spouse or partner.
  • Tracking spending for your children’s needs.
  • Debt and debt repayment.
  • Making tax time simple (including an easy system for solopreneurs).

What Software is Used for Training?

I use budgeting software for the “Track Your Spending” program. My training tool is a user-friendly budgeting software program called YNAB (or You Need a Budget). I’ve been using YNAB since 2009. This software is the closest I’ve found to a virtual envelope system, perfect for compulsive spenders. As part of the training, I help students overcome any fears and anxiety they may have around using technology and the software program. YNAB is free to test for 34 days. *Click here to read important notes about YNAB,

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Student Comment:
“Susan B. is a tremendous resource for YNAB users (whether it be YNAB 4 or YNAB 5). I actually have a savings account set up as a budget account, which causes some problems with the reports. Susan made sure I understood the Reports section of YNAB 5 especially how transactions flow to the Income vs. Expense Report.
She provided me with options to the “aging money” function to address end of the month transactions in YNAB that need to be applied to the next month. Susan B. is very technically savvy and takes time to provide you examples to enrich your understanding. She is patient, encouraging, and full of solutions to many issues while learning and adjusting to YNAB practices.”

Ann G. in California

Troubleshooting for Existing YNAB Users

In addition to the training described above, I also offer troubleshooting services for existing YNAB users who need one-on-one assistance.

For instance, people often come to me with problems around reconciling with their bank account, an error that they just can’t figure out, or confusion around functionality, such as how to account for cash in YNAB. As part of this process, I teach students a system for limiting the likelihood of errors and finding the error quickly when there is a problem.

Before hiring me, I always recommend contacting YNAB support and the YNAB forums first to see if you can resolve your issue.

Student Comment:
“I tried learning the software on my own twice, even took a couple of tutorials, but nothing seemed to add up accurately. I was about to give up for good when Susan stepped in to help. She was able to help me see my mistakes.
She coached me on the importance of entering my numbers in the correct categories promptly and reconciling with my bank statement every day or two. She helped me set up new categories for more clarity on expenditures that had been falling through the cracks. It took two meetings for me to be confident working independently.
Now, I track my income, spending, and savings. I am living within in my income and am able to save for my current and future needs. I would not have the freedom and prosperity I have today if Susan had not helped me. I am so much happier with my financial life.”

M. M. in PA

What Makes My Spending Plan Training Different

Most spending plan training programs only teach you the mechanics of creating and maintaining a spending plan. But, I give you more. As we go through the process, I provide personalized care, support, and guidance to help you overcome the emotional obstacles that keep you from creating and maintaining a spending plan. Without such help, you may become overwhelmed and paralyzed, which is what has kept you from moving forward in the past. With my help, you will become confident about your ability to succeed at this process … and maintain the momentum.

Student Comment:
“Susan helped me so much with my spending plan! A year ago, I started out being overwhelmed and confused about the whole process. She patiently helped talk me thru how to set up YNAB and divide my spending into logical categories.
Plus, she helped guide me thru unusual transactions that I just couldn’t figure out. When I had trouble reconciling my bank account with my spending plan, she taught me how to find my errors. Susan was incredibly patient and knowledgeable about this whole process! I would have given up without her expert help!”

MJ in TX

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How I Teach You

One-on-One Training

All one-on-one training is customized to address the unique needs of each student:

  • Training calls will be conducted either via Skype, Zoom, FreeConferenceCall, or phone, depending on your needs.
  • Included in the one-on-one training is 30 days of email support following each paid call at no additional charge for quick questions and clarifications.
  • You will also receive a follow-up email recap of the session.


I offer a FREE, no obligation 20 minute phone or Skype call to determine your needs and assess whether I can help you.
(Click here to set up your call now.)

Podcast/Video Training

Currently in Development

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My Qualifications

I’m Susan B., a recovering compulsive spender. I haven’t incurred unsecured debt since 2009, paid off $34,000 of credit card debt in seven years, and continue to live debt-free and within my means despite becoming disabled in 2010 and losing half my income.
My passion is teaching people all about spending plans! I’ve been teaching compulsive spenders how to create and work with their spending plans since 2010.

Read about my recovery journey, mission, and philosophy.

Fee for One-on-One Training*

If we agree to work together, the first session is 1.5 hours and the fee is $80. Following that, one-hour sessions can be scheduled at $60/hour, payable by the start of each session via PayPal or credit/debit card.

The charge will show “Getting Out from Going Under Publishing,” which is the name of my publishing company. After making your payment, just show up at your scheduled time on the phone, Zoom, or Skype.

*If you cannot afford the fee, but need my services, I will work with you on a sliding scale so you can pay what you can afford.

How to Set Up Your Free Call

If you are interested in one-on-one training and would like to set up a no obligation, free call to discuss how I can help you, please fill in the form below my signature. Be sure to:

  • Describe your issues and what services you need.
  • Let me know your time zone. If international, we will speak on Skype. In the U.S., phone call.
  • Best times and dates for our call.

I’ll get back to you to set up a time for us to speak.

A Final Word

If you’ve read this far, I imagine there’s something here that resonates with you. If so, there’s a good chance that I can help you. But I can’t help you unless you get in touch with me.

Since I’m limited in how many students I can take on at one time, I urge you to fill out the form today to ensure we’ll be able to schedule time to talk about your spending plan needs. And I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you have during the call.

So there’s nothing to lose by setting up your free call. And if we work together, you’ll soon see that a spending plan can fit naturally and easily into your life. I look forward to hearing from you.

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*Notes about YNAB

Disclaimer: I am not employed by the YNAB company nor endorsed by them.

I encourage everyone considering YNAB to take their free online classes. The “Track Your Spending” course is intended as a two week program, but is not designed as a complete YNAB training course. If you take the time to attend their excellent classes (they are each about 20 minutes or so), you will be well-prepared to implement what I will teach you in this course.

If you are already using YNAB and experience problems, you can always email the YNAB support team once you have a trial or paid account. Plus, you can always ask questions in the YNAB user forum]

Even if you think you would prefer individual support, I strongly encourage people who try YNAB to first go to all the free YNAB online classes. There is also a vibrant YNAB community available to provide support (you will need to create a user account for the forum). My services are not a replacement for such classes, but for those who desire more personalized assistance after having taken these classes.

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