Archive for November 2007

Teaching at Wilmington, NC this weekend!

I can't wait to carry the crusade to Wilmington, NC this weekend!

I will be speaking during the Sunday morning services of Lifepoint ChurchPastor Jeff Kapusta

They are finishing a series called "ING – A Financial Series" and you can listen to the iTunes podcast by clicking HERE.

On Sunday afternoon, I will be conducting the Financial Learning Experience!  This is a two-hour, practical, HOW-TO, LIFE-CHANGING experience!  There is one thing I do know about this class – it is changing lives!!!  That FIRES ME UP!

The crusade is also coming to Peachtree Community ChurchPastor David Reid in Villa Rica, Georgia two weekends from now (December 9th)!  It is part of the "Money For Dummies" personal finance series!  I LOVE IT!

Interested in having Joe carry the crusade and the Financial Learning Experience to your church or business?  Contact Joe by clicking HERE!

Wants <==> Needs: Follow Up

My blog post about Wants <==> Needs a couple of weeks ago really generated quite a response, and it has been interesting to receive all of your feedback on the steps that Jenn and I are taking to eliminate our home mortgage.

If you recall, we are considering eliminating/reducing our spending on:

  • Cable TV
  • Spending Money
  • Babysitting Money
  • Internet
  • Entertainment Money
  • Gasoline Money
  • Christmas Money

Well, here is an update to our discussion.

  • Cable/Internet  I was spending $126/month on my stupid cable and internet bill.  That is ridiculous!!!  After forty minutes of phone conversation and talking to six representatives (yes I counted), I have been able to reduce to basic cable and basic internet for $34/month.  That is a savings of $92/month!  Annually, that is a savings of $1,104 and it will allow us to color in over 15 extra squares on the Sangl Family Home Pay-Off Spectacular PER YEAR!
  • Gasoline Money We are starting to take our lunch to the crusade instead of going home.  This allows us to save 12 miles of driving each day.  This will save us around $36/month!  Annually, that is a savings of $432 and it will allow us to color in nearly 6 extra squares on the Sangl Family Home Pay-Off Spectacular PER YEAR!
  • Babysitting, Entertainment, Spending, and Christmas Money are all on the docket for this month's spending discussion.  PRAY that this goes well!

As I have routinely said throughout my life – Thoughts and talk without action is mere babble!

We are taking ACTION to destroy this stupid mortgage!

I welcome any money saving tips you may have!

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Hidden Debt – Do You Have Any?

As I have helped people prepare hundreds of budgets, I realize that debt is sometimes hidden from people.

Let me give you an example.

One of the first things I ask when helping a person prepare a written budget is "How much is your take-home pay?

They tell me a number, and we start applying the famous equation:  INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO

Everything is proceeding smoothly until we get to the debt column.  The "revealing" of the hidden debt happens here.

The statement is made, "I have a 401(k) loan, but it is taken out of my paycheck.  Should we include it here?"

The 401(k) loan is taken from their paycheck before it ever gets to them.  Ever hear the saying, "Out of sight.  Out of mind."?

I usually adjust the "Take-Home Pay" by the loan payment amount and then include the payment in the debt column.

Here are some common "Hidden Debts" that I see:

  • 401(k) loans
  • Overdraft loans
  • Car payments
  • Company loans

These hidden loans are "Out of sight.  Out of mind."  Yet they are eroding one's ability to win financially.

Expose the debts to daylight and ATTACK them! 

Oh, by the way, you ought to list out all of your paycheck deductions and see how much you are paying annually for each one.  When you see how much you are paying in taxes, it will ensure that you vote every single time you have the opportunity!!!

You can start your written spending plan by using one of the FREE easy-to-use forms on the TOOLS page. 

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About eight weeks ago and after nearly two years of blogging, I finally established the ability to track the number of downloads for individual forms.

Sometime this week, the [download#1#nohits] will be downloaded for the 1,000th time during that eight week period!

That is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!  I put these tools on my web page for FREE because I wanted to help people start winning with money, and it is working!!!

How do I know that it is working?  Read some of the success stories HERE.

Are you one of the many who have started using the budget forms to put together a spending plan that works?  Share your success story HERE!

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Prevent Overspending For Christmas!

I remember the days that I used credit cards to pay for Christmas.

There were two key reasons that I used these fabulous credit cards:

  1. I did not save money for Christmas during the year
  2. I overspent on Christmas presents

I solved #1 by creating a Christmas escrow account.

Let's say that I wanted to spend $1,000 for Christmas.  By saving $83.33 each month, I magically have $1,000 when Christmas arrives!   This takes away a lot of stress, and I highly recommend it!  You can read more about creating your own escrow account by clicking HERE.

I solved #2 by putting together a written plan for my Christmas shopping.  I pulled up a copy of the [download#3#nohits] and entered the names of those I am shopping for this Christmas.

At the top of the form, I entered $1,000 for the "Cash Budgeted".

I then wrote in the amount of money that I plan to spend for each person on the list.

Applying my secret formula for financial success, INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO, I spend the $1,000 to EXACTLY ZERO.

By pulling out cash for the Christmas Shopping, I can ensure that I will not overspend!

I am FIRED UP by all of the success stories that readers are sharing via the "Success Stories" link!  Have you shared your successes – both large and small?  You can do so by clicking on SUCCESS STORIES on the sidebar or by clicking HERE!