Archive for April 2009

Strategy Meeting

The leadership team of I Was Broke. Now I'm Not. is going off-site today to talk strategy.

Whether you are CEO of a huge company or CEO of You, Incorporated, it is important to occasionally remove yourself from the day-to-day trappings of e-mail, blogs, twitter, facebook (or myface as my Mom calls it), and daily activities.

What will be talking about?  We will be talking about how we can teach 100,000 people about personal finances in the next year.  I know this – we are passionate about helping others get a handle on their finances.  If you have ideas, we would love for you to send them in HERE.

Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated as we tackle this goal over the next couple of days.

By the way, I have learned how to lead from the greatest leader I have ever personally met – Perry Noble.  Before we ever launched NewSpring Church, we went to an off-site meeting and did the very same thing that I will be doing this weekend with the I Was Broke. Now I'm Not. team.  I am glad I don't have to reinvent the wheel and have had an excellent leader in my path that has shown me how to effectively lead an organization that runs on the fuel of passion and clear vision.

Sangl Home Pay-Off Spectacular – April 2009

Every month there will be an update of Joe & Jenn’s Home Pay-Off Spectacular!  With the refinancing completed, we are in position to make even more progress!

Here’s this month’s update!

Total Squares:  2,426

Paid-For Squares:  778  779

Squares Remaining:  1648 1647

% of House Owned By The Sangl’s:  32.0% 32.1%

% of House Owned By Wells Fargo:  68.0% 67.9%

Here is the updated “Sangl Home Pay-Off Spectacular” (Click on the picture to view the larger, cleaner version)

Now that we have all of the refinancing out of the way, we should see a lot more squares colored in over the next months!

How are you doing on YOUR house payoff spectacular?  If you do not have one, you can get one here => Pay Off Spectacular – House.

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Fun Things To Do For FREE (or close to it)

In a tight economic time, a lot of people are getting very creative about how they spend their time and money.  Let's face it, we all want to have fun – even more so when the money is tight and times are stressful!  Here are some ways that I have seen people having fun and it is costing them NOTHING (or next to it).

  • Pick-up basketball games at the local park
  • Library visits – just to peruse the books, magazines, and check out free movies
  • Bake a new dish using stuff that is already in the pantry and freezer
  • Take the train downtown to people watch – I LOVE doing this in Chicago!
  • Pull up Hulu.com and catch up on some old shows (like T.J. Hooker!)
  • Start a blog
  • Dig up some trees out of a ditch and transplant them into your yard
  • Take time to pet the dog and cat
  • Volunteer at a local community center, food pantry, or animal shelter
  • Clean up the yard
  • Attack one room in the house and reorganize it

Those are a few ideas.  What are your favorite things to do that cost little or no money?

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Financial Counselor Training Opportunities

I am PUMPED about the two weekends following Easter!  Why?  Because we will be training financial counselors through our Financial Counseling Experience both Saturdays.

Do you want to be trained to become a financial counselor?

Click HERE to learn more and to register!

Dial-up Internet

I am visiting my parents this week.  They live out in the country.  Way out in the country.

They have dial-up internet.  You know what I am talking about?  The uuurrrrrrrrrr-shhhhhh-ruurrur-eeenk-eenk-shshhss-ccrrrshsskssskkk modem sound and everything.

It is slower than Moses getting out of the desert.

I KNOW that it is cheaper than high-speed, but it is basically worthless for doing anything on the internet.

For those of you who are using dial-up, please share how you are still able to effectively utilize this so-1990s (Smile) service.

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