Choosing To Ignore It …

Sangl says …  This is something I wrote over two years ago, and I wanted to republish it today.

Observed today on a sticker – “I know the difference between right and wrong, but I choose to ignore it.”

When it comes to finances, I have learned a lot about what is right and wrong. I hope I do not EVER choose to ignore it!

I have learned that:

  • Saving money is right and that spending all of my money is wrong
  • Having an emergency fund for emergencies is right and using a credit card for emergencies is wrong
  • Giving to worthy causes and individuals is right and not giving at all is dead wrong
  • Paying cash for purchases is right and paying on payments is wrong
  • Including your spouse in the budgeting process is right and not including them is wrong
  • Calling our money “ours” is right and our money “mine” and “yours” is wrong
  • Working together as husband and wife toward common financial goals is right and working separately is wrong
  • Having medical and life insurance is right and not having this insurance is wrong
  • Dealing with one's financial situation is right and just throwing up one's hands and declaring bankruptcy is wrong
  • Developing a plan and following it is right and handing one's financial mess over to rip-off credit counseling without changing one's spending behavior is wrong
  • Facing one's finances is right and choosing to ignore it is plain wrong

I would love to hear some other truths you have learned as you have dealt with your finances!

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  1. casey graham on April 18, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I have learned that listening to Joe Sangl is right and not listening to him is wrong.

    I have learnted that tracking every expense is right and generalizing expense tracking is wrong!

    I have learned that healthy relationships are right and the pursuit of money over relationships is wrong.

    I have learned that preaching about finances is right and staying silent about them is wrong!

    Joe, I am a huge fan! Keep it up!

  2. Rindy Walton on April 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I recently offered to help a friend with finances/budgeting (has already declared bankruptcy and is right back into the pattern!)…his response was “I know how to budget, I just am not ready to do it yet”

    Money and material things continue to run his life. I’ll keep trying…

  3. chris on April 19, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Being patient is golden. Lack of patience is costly.

    Learning is lifelong. Not learning leads to mental stagnation and advanced ignorance.

    Finding great mentors and wise counsel keeps you fresh and on your toes. Transferring that wisdom by being a mentor or wise counsel to others assures your hunger for additional information and creates your own downline legacy.

    Daring to be different for the right reasons means success. Not breaking from the pack means being lost in the masses.

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