We are looking to explore how people all around the world budget their money. If you’d like to participate in our budgeting survey, represent your country or region, and help support a great charity in the process, read on.

What are we looking to find?

We want to compare how people in different countries allocate their monthly income.

Effective budgeting is probably the most important first step anyone could take towards achieving financial independence. Given that, we want to share examples of real people and their budgeting practices from all around the world.

We strongly believe that this kind of “show, don’t tell” approach can encourage more people to start a budget and get their finances in order.

What’s in it for you?

For every fully completed survey, we will donate $10 to GiveDirectly, capped at $1000.

GiveDirectly is a global NGO that transfers cash donations directly to people in extremely low-income households and people affected by humanitarian crises. Find out more about the organization and what they do on GiveDirectly website or view their GiveWell profile to see why they are one of the most effective charities you can donate to.

Once we reach 100 responses and donate the $1000 we will post a screenshot of our donation to this page so you know that we held up our part of the agreement.

Is the survey anonymous?


How long will it take me to complete the survey?

Anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Which language is the survey in?

The survey is in English and we need your responses to be written in English too. Don’t worry if your English is not perfect, we are not going to be checking your grammar. 🙂

What personal information will I be asked to provide?

You will be asked to provide some (anonymous) personal information like where you live, answer questions about your household structure and income. In the main part of the survey we will ask you to break down your monthly expenses into different categories and share how much you are spending in each category.

Will I get notified once the survey gets published?

You choose to get notified or not.

Where can I get more information about this survey?

Send us an email at [email protected] We will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Begin the Online Survey

When and where will the survey results be published?

We will publish the findings and analysis in a series of articles on our website and distribute them on our social media channels.

Each completed survey will be published as a standalone article in which your responses will get quoted directly. Once we get all 100 surveys completed, we will analyze and summarize the data in an editorial.

View the articles published as a result of this survey.

How can I participate?

You can participate by filling out the budgeting survey in one of two ways:

OnlineStart the online survey
☝️ Keep in mind that if you choose to complete the survey online you have to do it all in one sitting. You cannot go back and edit the data later.
Google SheetsComplete the survey in Google Sheets
👉Make a copy of the survey template to your Google Drive and share the results with us at [email protected]
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Survey results

  1. How a Family of 4 From Bucharest (Romania) Lives on 4,000 EUR/Month
  2. Budgeting Down Under: We Talk Personal Finance With a Family of 3 in Brisbane, Australia
  3. Personal Finance in Chicago, USA: How One Student Lives on $30K-$40K/Year
  4. Managing Money in Munich: How a Family of 3 Lives on 6,500€ per Month

Survey progress


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