I Can Not Believe This!

I had an amazing Monday.

First, I had an incredible weekend teaching the Financial Learning Experience and the Financial Counseling Experience at NewSpring Church.  Then, I got to hear Perry deliver an amazing message on Sunday.

And then Monday showed up.  As I walked out of the door, I saw a FedEx envelope wedged in the door.  It said it was from "First National Bank".  I was not expecting anything from FedEx, especially from a bank.  Then I noticed that it was from First National Bank of Omaha.  FNBO.  As in FNBO Direct.  As in the on-line savings account provider that is currently paying 3.50% interest.

Let me set this up before I tell you what was in the envelope.

A couple of months ago, a reader wrote me saying that I should enter a contest being sponsored by FNBO Direct called "Pay Yourself First".  All I had to do was prepare a video that shared a major savings obstacle and why I was focused on paying myself first.  I did that and uploaded it to YouTube as instructed.  A few weeks later, I was awarded a $10 Amazon.com gift card for being one of the early entrants.

Well, here is where Monday and the FedEx envelope rolls in.

The letter inside stated that I have been selected as one of the twenty semi-finalists and that I have been awarded $500 for reaching the semi-finalist level!  FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!  I am BLOWN AWAY!

From the twenty semi-finalists, FNBO Direct will select five finalists who will compete in a six-month savings journey.  FNBO Direct will match the savings dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!  Are you kidding me?!  I am so blessed.  SO BLESSED.

You can check out my YouTube entry HERE.  In the video, you will see/hear me mention the Sangl Home Pay-Off Spectacular.  I am so focused on eliminating our mortgage that I provide monthly updates on our pay-off spectacular.  You can read all of them by clicking HERE.

What a great Monday!

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  1. Jaime on August 5, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Very cool! What a great reward–so is it going into savings or into the house? 🙂

    Our only debt is our home and we’re saving like crazy people for my husband to begin seminary. He’s an engineer right now and we’re just putting everything into savings. It’s fun to see it grow… even though it’s going to be spent each semester… 🙂

    Thanks for your blog!

  2. cockadoodaldoom on August 5, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Congrats Joe!

    My Wife and I found out that her car will be paid off in April, and them mine will follow 5 months later! That is 10 months ahead of schedule!

  3. Moneymonk on August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    good for you Joe, with your ministry, you well deserve it

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