Archive for October 2007

Upside Down In A Car?

Almost every day, I have a financial counseling meeting with someone who has a car loan that has a balance that is much more than the car is worth.   They are "upside down".  They owe more than the car is able to be sold for. During the counseling session, we develop a written spending plan…

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I Met With Casey Graham Yesterday!

I had the privilege to hang out again with Casey Graham yesterday! Casey Graham wears multiple hats at Mountain Lake Church pastored by Shaun Lovejoy in Cumming, Georgia.  Those hats include Guest Services and CFO, but he really has a heart for helping others with their personal finances! In fact, he rivals me in his…

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Mr. Pursuit of Unrealistic Goals

Some people believe that I have too much energy and enthusiasm.  They believe that I am quixotic – so much so that a group of folks created a desk nameplate that says "Mr. Quixotic" and provided me a printed definition of the word "Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of…

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I Lost The Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

I lost the Halloween pumpkin carving party that we attended on Friday – but I'm not bitter.  I did not go into debt to purchase the pumpkins. My goal was to carve a "$" sign into the pumpkin.  Things were going great, until I chopped out the bottom section that was supporting the top section.  …

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The Crusade Went To …

Simpsonville, SC to teach the planning/budgeting portion of the Financial Learning Experience at Little Steps – an organization that provides support for teen parents.  Their goal is "to provide life skills and encouragement to help young parents become more self-sufficient, healthy, confident parents". It was great to meet Little Steps' director, Mandy, the donations coordinator,…

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