Archive - July, 2008

4,000 Miles, Big Fish, and Mount Rushmore

Recently, my family loaded up the car and embarked on the longest vacation we have ever taken – for two weeks.

We journeyed through the following states:  South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

The first key stop was a week at a fishing cabin in northern Minnesota.  I won all of the big fish contests (pictures below to prove it).

Northern Pike 


Walleye (my biggest walleye ever)



After the week in northern Minnesota, the family traveled to a couple of family reunions in Iowa and then we traveled over to the western edge of South Dakota with the ultimate goal of visiting the Badlands, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore.  The vacation's top moment was the Independence Day Fireworks at Mount Rushmore.  Everyone needs to experience them at least once.

What a great vacation!  Lifetime memories were made.  Lots of time was spent with family.  We all got to rest.

Best of all – it was paid for in cash before we ever left.  There is NOTHING like a vacation that does not have debt following it home.  You can learn how to save for Known, Upcoming Expenses like vacation and Christmas HERE.

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Twitter – Heard of it?

Ever wanted to see what was going on with the crusade throughout the day?

Twitter makes it possible.  If you have not heard of Twitter, think of it as a mini-blog that is updated several times a day.

Yes, another ADD-enabler.

You can "follow me" HERE.

You can also follow a few of my heroes – Perry Noble, Tony Morgan, Mark Batterson, and Dave Ramsey.

Oh yeah that's right, Dave's not twittering (yet).

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A Time To Heal

This has absolutely nothing to do with finances, but everything to do with life events.

Ever lost someone extremely close to you?  Ever had difficulty overcoming that loss?  Know someone going through this type of situation?

Beth Marshall, the Care Ministry Coordinator at NewSpring Church, has revised and updated A Time To Heal – a journal of God's tender care through a season of grief.

A Time To Heal has received a lot of acclaim from people who have used it to manage through difficult events.

For example, A Time To Heal was used at the Pentagon for folks recovering from 9/11.  Colonel Maurie Campbell, U.S. Army Chaplain, The Pentagon said …

"A Time To Heal was an invaluable help to innumerable people at the Pentagon who were dealing with the aftermath of the events of 9/11.  It was truly a gift from God that aided in the grief process of the loss of co-workers, friends, and security."

If you know someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one or are in the business of providing care for people who are grieving, I strongly encourage you to check out Beth's website HERE.

Sangl Home Pay-Off Spectacular – July 2008

Every month there will be an update of Joe & Jenn's Home Pay-Off Spectacular!

Here's this month's update!

Total Squares:  2,426

Paid-For Squares:  743 748

Squares Remaining:  1683 1678

% of House Owned By The Sangl's:  30.6% 30.8%

% of House Owned By Wells Fargo:  69.4% 69.2%

Here is the updated "Sangl Home Pay-Off Spectacular" (Click on the picture to view the larger version)

You can read about how Jenn and I stopped being broke, and won with money in my book, I Was Broke. Now I'm Not.  It is available via PAYPAL, AMAZON.COM, or BORDERS.COM.

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