About

Thank you for visiting The Balanced Budgeter! I hope you find hope and comfort and some helpful tips through my life and thoughts that I share with you on this blog.

About the Blog

The Balanced Budgeter began as a blog to share my journey to living debt free, managing money, and living a healthy and well balanced life. 

We live in a stressed out and busy world that can leave us spinning at times. But life was not meant to be lived that way. Life was meant to be experienced in a way that we can enjoy and take in every minute and that cannot be done without a bit of balance.

My husband and I balance our lives with the framework of finances at our forefront. We have used our budget and the knowledge that we have gained over time to gain financial freedom.

This blog is designed to give practical advice in the areas of finances, budget, and overall healthy living.

About the Blogger

I’m Kendra Johnson. Wife of Aaron, mom to Nolan, and lover of Jesus, food, and fitness. I went to school at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and earned a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I worked four years as a Special Education Teacher and loved my job and working with students.

Marriage

I married Aaron on May 11, 2012. I had my dream wedding, simply because I married the man of my dreams. He is my rock and best friend and I feel so blessed to be on this journey of life with him. He is an amazing partner and father.

Travel

In the first four years of our marriage, Aaron worked for an airline and so we had the opportunity to travel all over the country. We traveled on a budget but had the opportunity to see and do amazing things. It is our goal in life to climb the High Points of all 50 states! So far we are at 10. We enjoy camping and the outdoors and cannot wait to have more opportunities to travel in the future.

Finances and Budget

We started our marriage with upwards of $63,000 in student debt. We decided early on that we were going to make it a priority to work towards a debt free life. We weren’t making a lot, but through budgeting, and a few strategies that we learned throughout the years, we paid off all of our student debt in less than 2 years. Because of this experience and the financial freedom that we have experienced, I am passionate about budgeting and helping others to achieve the same freedom.

Journey of Motherhood

In fall of 2015, our lives began on the course of major change. After 3 years of Taking Charge of my Fertility and successfully preventing pregnancy through the Fertility Awareness Method, we decided to begin to use the same method to try to conceive. A month later, we received the greatest gift that begins with two pink lines. Two weeks after we found out that we were pregnant, my husband received a letter congratulating him on his acceptance to the Air Traffic Control academy, a passion he had been pursuing for four years.

Aaron left for training for three months at the start of my third trimester of pregnancy and returned on my due date after many prayers that our son would wait to be born when his daddy was home. Our prayers were answered and we welcomed Nolan James 6 days later and anticipated a move from Minnesota to Green Bay, WI 2 weeks later. Aaron started his job in the Green Bay Tower and I left my job to stay at home full time with our son.

Health and Fitness


With our ever changing lives and growing family, balance is a tough thing to find but something that I constantly am striving towards. I am passionate about nutrition and fitness and have walked my own journey with body image issues and finding the right balance and plan for my own life. I have learned a lot about health and nutrition through my journey and strive to help others in their walk as well. I love running and being active and completed my first marathon in June of 2015.