I know not even Thanksgiving yet, but there's something I'm BUSTING to tell you about, and figure there's no time like the present (…no pun intended…). Ever since launching my Budget Boot Camp baby this year, my heart has grown 10x bigger. Not only from seeing the joy and progress that this crazy little passion project of mine has somehow brought to (myself and) others, but from getting the opportunity to hear more of your stories. The comments, emails, and in-person conversations that have allowed me to peer into tiny snippets of your life, have truly changed mine. The joys, the struggles, the pain, the challenges you (we) all face…
…there are no words.
I find myself avoiding my inbox at times, because my heart is continually heavy with the burden of wanting to help more, but not knowing how.
I recently got a kind email from a Freeb who thanked me for creating Budget Boot Camp, and then expressed that she couldn't wait for the day when she and her husband could afford it for themselves. It both crushed me and inspired me all at the same time. BBC has a price tag because without it, I would lose the ability to give away information for free on this blog. But her simple, humble email did two things…
It touched my heart, and got me thinking.
My team and I put our heads together, crunched some numbers, and came up with a way to do a little more this Christmas season…
…I want to pay for your Christmas, and help you with your finances at the same time!
(Yes, you read that right.)
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who applied! The responses were so overwhelming we had to close the form a few days early because of the sheer number of responses. We are humbled! So many of you reached out and asked how you can help, so we are currently taking donations throughout the month of December to help additional families! 100% of money donated will go straight to the family. Not a penny will go to me or my team. You can send the money through PayPal (Jordan@FunCheapOrFree.com) or Venmo (JordanFPage). Thank you and your brunch for all of your support, we truly love you guys!❤️
A different kind of #BehindThePages🎥 (part 1 of 2) today. I debated long and hard about posting this because I don't want it to be taken the wrong way. But the truth is that I've been touched by this experience and no amount of words on a blog post could properly express it. So here is part 1 of my feelings as best I can share…and just…thank you. ❤️️#ThereAreNoWords #iLoveMyFreebs #LightTheWorld #itWillAllBeOk *UPDATE! If you want to help, see two posts over!! Accepting donations for more deserving families!*
YOU GUYS BLOW MY MIND CONTINUALLY! I kind of unplugged for a few hours and came back to an overwhelming response! So many of you want to help Freebs in need. Thank you for your generous hearts! Send donations of any size through PayPal to Jordan@FunCheapOrFree.com (be sure to send it Friends as Family or it will charge a fee!) and we will help as many families as we can. I don't have an end date on this yet, but let it go for a few days and see how were feeling about things. Love you all thanks for your help! ❤️️✌🏻️#iLoveMyFreebs *UPDATE: I also have Venmo – jordanfpage is my username*
I've decided to take income that ads bring to my site, and give it back to some special Freebs this Christmas (for putting up with those obnoxious little things)!
We will chose 3 families to gift $700 of my own money (not sponsored!) to help cover gifts ($500), and Christmas dinner/traditions ($200). In addition, I will gift my Budget Boot Camp program to help them long after Christmas is over!
It's not a new car (darn you, Oprah!) but it's a gift directly from me to you to not only say THANK YOU for the support you've given me these last 5 years, but also to help a family who could really use it.
Here's how to nominate yourself or others:
- Nominate someone (yourself or another family) who might just need some help getting on their feet, getting ahead, or starting out this year. Basically, anyone who needs some serious sparkle and magic this Christmas! Naturally, who couldn't use an extra $700?? But let's try to focus on those who have more need than most.
- Nominate someone by filling out THIS FORM.
- Nominate as many people as you'd like, but submit one form per family; don't nominate more than one family on the same form!
- You have until November 22 to submit nominations, chosen families will be notified around Dec 1.
- If you haven't heard from us by Dec 1, I'm sorry to say that you or your nominee wasn't chosen (and I cried many tears about it, you can be sure!)
- We may just have a few “consolation prizes”, if you will, for additional deserving families…because it's me…and I have the inability to keep things minimalistic…
Can we nominate people outside of Utah?
Um, HECK YES! You can nominate anyone from anywhere in the world. I'll figure out how to get the money to them, even if by way of Hogwarts owl.
Is $500 really enough for gifts, and $200 enough for food??
Holy jiblets YES! If you can't possibly fathom how, you might want to consider Budget Boot Camp and I'll share all my secrets. But $500 would provide a fabulous Christmas for even a family of 5, and $200 would give you more than enough for the Christmas dinner of your dreams! It's all about stretching those pennies, folks!
How will the family be notified? Will it be anonymous?
We haven't quite figured that out yet. We want the family to have it in early December to help them plan accordingly for the holidays, but we haven't figured out the “big reveal” yet. We will most likely work with the person who nominated them and will choose what's best, accordingly.
What happens if we (or the family we nominate) already have Budget Boot Camp?
No biggie, still eligible! You (or they) can then pay it forward and gift that to someone else, and still use the Christmas cash.
Again, nominate someone by filling out THIS FORM.
I know Christmas isn't all about money, presents, or budgeting programs. It's about Christ's birth and the spirit of the season. So while this may seem superficial or insignificant to some, I just hope you can feel that for me, anyway, this is my way to shed a little Christlike love on others this season, as a thank you for blessing my life in so many ways.
Thanks in advance for your submissions and support, you amaze me continually!