As you probably know, we’ve built PearBudget to be friendly to people who’ve never mapped out their finances before. And this fall, hundreds of thousands of people who’ve never mapped out their finances before will be heading off to college. For the first time in their lives, they’ll be cooking for themselves, doing their own laundry, keeping their own schedule, and beginning to live independently from their parents. It’s a lot to learn.
As part of learning to live on their own, one of the best sets of skills they can develop is to learn how to plan their spending for the month, how to track their expenses, and then how to evaluate how they did (and to modify it the next month). PearBudget is an ideal way to hone those skills. And just as the first few shirts they iron will probably be wrinkled, and the first few meals they cook might be burned a little, it might take them a little bit of time to get a handle on their spending. That’s okay. That’s how it goes for everyone.
Anyway, the point of this post: If you know anyone who is going off to school this fall, we’d really appreciate it if you’d mention PearBudget to them and to their parents. With all of the other madness of getting packed up and off to school, budgeting is probably low on the list of their priorities. Hearing from you about PearBudget might help them move forward on it, and to take those first faltering steps towards good personal financial management.