How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Five

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Five   Let Your Feelings Drive All Of Your Financial Decisions

When all else fails to destroy your finances, employ this method. After all, your feelings are always correct, right? I mean, there was that time you felt that one person was really awesome and wanted to date them and they turned out to be a terrible monster, but that was just a one time error. Your feelings should absolutely come first when it comes to finances. Employ Nike’s slogan: Just Do It. When you were thinking about saving some money, go ahead with your feeling to go shopping. When you wanted to go to Human Resources to set up your retirement plan contributions, go ahead with your feeling to go out with your friends.

Go ahead and date the person who has piles of debt and two bankruptcies. I’m sure they were telling the truth when they say it was all someone else’s fault. Even though your friends are telling you how awesome a budget is working for them, let your feelings of inadequacies force you to remain quiet instead of asking them to help you with your own budget.

When the salesperson says you look good in it – buy it. When you don’t want to eat the groceries in the fridge, just go out to eat every meal.

Your feelings rule.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you would prepare a budget (get free budget tools here) and automate the important things so you won’t have to rely on “feeling like it” for the things you know are important – like college savings, emergency savings, investments for retirement, and exciting things like Christmas and property taxes.

Memorial Day – A Time For Remembrance

Today is Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember and reflect upon the tremendous sacrifice made by men and women who have given their lives that others might be free. They gave their lives. Their families reeled with the ongoing impact.

The son who never met his father.

The mother who was denied the opportunity to hug her daughter ever again.

The fiancé who wasn’t able to celebrate her wedding day.

My young great-aunt who lost her husband of only a year or so in WW II and went on to have no children.

Does America have problems? Absolutely.
Will we always have problems? Absolutely.
Do I love my country. Absolutely.
Do I love, honor, and respect those who have sacrificed and are sacrificing to protect it? Absolutely.

On this Memorial Day, take a moment to thank a soldier, sailor, airman, and marine. They have chosen voluntarily to stand ready.

I’m grateful.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Four

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Four   Never Save Money.

This is a GREAT way to destroy your finances. Choose to ignore the fact that life happens, and it will cost money. Ignore the fact that your car tires and brakes are wearing out. Spend all of your money as soon as possible. Buy a Chia Pet. Refuse to acknowledge that appliances will break, the roof will leak, and that you will have a doctor bill one day. Live in a fairy land where the school never sends home fundraisers, you never have a need for emergency travel, or work doesn’t lay you off.

Instead, comfort yourself with lies like, “I just don’t make enough money to save.” Ignore when crazy finance people (like the ridiculous FIRED UP Joseph Sangl) say things like: “You can not PROSPER if you do not SAVE.”

Blame your failure to save on other people and things. It’s your employer’s fault for paying you too little. It’s your kids fault for continuing to grow. It’s your landlord’s fault for not insulating the house. It’s GOT to be someone else’s fault because if it isn’t, then it might be your fault. And we all know that ain’t isn’t possible.

Whatever you do, just spend it all. Live for the moment. We’ll deal with the stress later.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will choose to save some money every single time you are paid. Even better, you would automate your savings into a great savings account.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part Three

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Three   Don’t Invest – Retirement Is Too Far Away Anyway

When offered a company match for your retirement savings plan (401(k), RSP, 403(b), TFSA, IRA, Roth IRA, etc), refuse it. You need that extra money for your budget spending right now. Say things like, “I don’t ever plan to retire anyhow” and “I’ll make my kids take care of me.”

Choose to remain ignorant in the ways of investing and how compound interest works. Use the wonderful excuse, “Investing is just too confusing.” You only have $100 to invest each month, anyway. What difference could that money really make?

Rely on the lottery as your best chance of retirement. Demand an inheritance from your parents. Better yet, continually hit them up for money right now. If they don’t immediately comply, use the “guilt trip” approach. When your siblings approach you about your leech behavior, become outraged and tell them, “You just don’t understand how hard it is for me.” And, of course, when mom and dad do give you money, don’t you dare invest it. AB-SO-LUTE-LY do not do this! To properly destroy your finances (and relationships), spend it on something ridiculous like an original VCR.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will invest some of what you earn each paycheck. You will choose to lasso the power of compound interest that makes $100 per month for 40 years at 12% annual growth equal $1,176,477. You might even look at my current list of investments as a starting point for your investment strategy.

How To Destroy your Finances – Part Two

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part Two   Use Your Credit Card To “Fill In The Gaps”

When you run out of money, pull out a credit card and swipe away. This is a great way to destroy your finances. Put daily living expenses like groceries and utilities on the credit card. Instead of making the difficult decisions necessary to balance your budget to Exactly Zero ™, just finance the difference. Besides, putting $254.78 on the credit card this month isn’t so bad, right?

Be sure to carry a balance each month with the highest interest rates possible – preferably a department store credit card with interest rates above 20%. Make the minimum payment and continue to run up the balance. Plus, the department store receipt says you “saved” money today which means you are obviously a savvy shopper.

If you really want to maximize the destruction, obtain multiple credit cards and use one card to pay the payment on another one. Flipping the balances between cards feels like you are doing something to address your financial situation – and we all know that our feelings should drive our financial situations.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, you will prepare a balanced budget and refuse to carry a credit card balance. If you did have a credit card balance, you would roll it over to a 0% balance transfer credit card and pay it off while paying no interest.

How To Destroy Your Finances – Part One

Welcome to the latest series at the wildly popular – “How To Destroy Your Finances”

In this series, I will be sharing methods proven to cause financial pain and agony. Use these methods if you want to live with piles of stress and harm your relationships.

Part One   Refuse to work with your spouse on money decisions.

Whenever your spouse wants to talk about money, choose to throw a fit. Stomp away. Huff and puff. Pout. Make outrageous statements like, “You’re just trying to control me!”

When your beloved hands you cash envelopes for impulsive spending categories like “spending money” and “entertainment”, spend it right away. Then go to the ATM and pull more money out without telling them. When they want to speak with you about your “unauthorized withdrawal,” tell them that it’s your money because you worked for it and that you will spend it “any ole way I want to.” If possible, say this with the highest level of sarcasm possible.

Choosing to ignore your spouse when it comes to money is one of the surefire ways to destroy your finances. And most likely your marriage. Which could lead to divorce proceedings. And that will ensure any remaining money is spent.

Of course, if you don’t want to destroy your finances, it would be ideal to work together with your spouse. It’s one of the top ways I began winning with money. I share my story in my book, I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.

Monday Money Tip: The Catalyst For Changing Your Financial Situation

To launch this week off right, this Monday Money Tip is focused on perhaps the most important moment for any major change in financial behavior – the I Have Had Enough Moment (IHHE Moment).

Have you had your IHHE Moment with your money? If you are serious about transforming your financial future, check out our 12 month I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. Core Coaching Program. Learn more HERE.

How Budgeting Equals Fun

It is the passion of the I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. team to help people accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances. These 15 words drive everything we do.

Many people hear me excitedly teach about budgeting, and they think that I am excited about the budget.

They say things like, “That dude is crazy about budgeting!” and “Joe is FIRED UP about budgeting!”

But they are mistaken. What I’m really excited about is what budgeting allows me to accomplish in life.

I want to provide well for my family. Budgeting is the key.

I enjoy giving money away to causes my family is passionate about. Budgeting makes this a priority.

I want to launch businesses that help people. Budgeting has allowed us to do this!

I want to go to plays, concerts, and special events. Budgeting has made it happen.

Without instituting a monthly budget way back in 2003, I believe I would be totally broke today.

Budgeting = Fun

I love my budget.

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Taking A Financial Leap

I’ve seen this cycle in most people’s financial lives:

  1. Face a large financial decision.
  2. Make the large financial decision.
  3. Absorb the results of the large financial decision (whether good or bad)
  4. Live for awhile
  5. Return back to #1 and repeat the process

Many people start out life in the “real world” by making the large financial decision to go to college. And they use student loans to pay for it.

Once the decision is made, they absorb the results make the necessary adjustments and live with them for awhile.

Before they know it, they are back to #1 – pondering the idea of purchasing a home, having a child, starting a business, moving to another city, etc.

Most of us want “guarantees” so we will know our financial decision will work out. However, at some points in life, we must make a decision without having all of the answers. We take the financial leap.

How have you seen this process at work in your life? Have your financial leaps always worked out? If not, would you share some of the lessons you’ve learned from those moments with us in the comments?

My book, I Was Broke. Now I’m Not., is focused on helping people win with their money. Check it out and grab your copy HERE.

Monday Money Tip: Pay Off Debt Swiftly With The Debt Snowball Technique

To launch this week off right, I wanted to share the process I used to eliminate all of my non-house debt in just 14 months and my house mortgage in 10 years. The great news is that YOU can do this too!

In the I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. Video Teaching Kit, I teach more tips about debt elimination as well as many other key tools that can help you live a fully funded life. I encourage you to check it out HERE.

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Research – Why Do You Give?

“Why do you give?”

This question is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. While I know the reasons my family gives money away, I would rather hear from you!

Would you take a quick minute to share your thoughts on the subject with me? I’d be so grateful, and I’ll also be sharing the results of our survey in a later post!

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Never Say “We Can’t Afford That”

“We can’t afford that.”

I hear people say this phrase all the time. Many times, it is said with great intentions. However, this statement has significant power over future decisions.

It starts out when we are children. We want something so we demand it from our parents. Their response? “We can’t afford that!”

And we think, “Oh. We can’t afford that.”

We begin to connect the dots that things we really want are too expensive and not attainable.

Slowly, over time, we allow this thinking to rob us of the ability to dream. Instead of asking, “What if?” We say, “We can’t afford that.”

But it is not true.

Somebody was able to afford it. Somebody purchased it. Somebody funded their dream of sending their children to college. Somebody was able to purchase a nice reliable vehicle. Somebody was able to start up a business. Somebody decided to dream again, and went to work to make it become reality.

An alternative to “We can’t afford that” is “HOW can we afford that?”

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT  The words “We can’t afford that” are not allowed to be spoken or written on this blog OR in my family OR among my team.

The following statements are better (and still allowed):

  • We will need to save up for that
  • We will start saving for that in our budget each month
  • We need a miracle from God to pay for that

Financial Oxen are the best way to fund big-time dreams. I’ve written all about birthing and acquiring them in my book, OXEN – The Key To An Abundant Harvest.

Monday Money Tip: With Money, Sometimes “No” Means “Yes”

In today’s Monday Money Tip, I share the financial truth that saying “no” right now can allow you to say “yes” to more important things later.

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Great Graduation Gift Idea – Money Book

weskamgsYou might think a book focused on teaching money tips would be a terrible graduation gift idea, but consider the following about the graduate in your life:

  1. They won’t remember most of their graduation gifts.
  2. They probably haven’t had a single class about managing and winning with money.
  3. If the graduate is your child, lack of financial prowess could result in them moving back into your house.
  4. They’ll probably listen better to someone else teach about money (even though I’ll teach them what you’ve been trying to tell them – something about that parent-child relationship makes them close their ears!).
  5. This is a gift that can help them fund all of the big time dreams in their life!

I encourage you to get your copy of the book (and its related study) today. Most orders ship the same day they are ordered!

Kids & Money Tip: Dreams Should Drive Financial Decisions

NOTE: This is an except from my book for young people – What Everyone Should Know About Money Before They Enter The Real World. It is written for young people just beginning their money relationship. You can learn more and purchase this book and its related study guide HERE. By the way, this book makes an excellent Graduation Gift!

What do you want to accomplish during your lifetime? What have you been put on earth to do?

As you embark into life in the real world, there is no doubt that you have been asking yourself these questions. Sometimes these questions can cause one to feel overwhelmed or fearful. Other times, these questions can fill one with hope and joy. You may be experiencing all of these feelings.

Every person has hopes and dreams they want to achieve. I believe every person has been put on earth for a specific purpose, and I want you to accomplish your hopes and dreams. Most people, however, do not have a written plan for how they are going to achieve their dreams. In fact, more than 50 percent of people who attend one of our personal finance teaching experiences have never written their hopes and dreams on paper. This is very sad.

Henry Ford once said, “Fail to plan. Plan to fail.” This is an incredibly true statement.

I clearly remember the day I was teaching the Financial Learning Experience in a small town. I asked everyone in the room to write their hopes and dreams on paper. When they had finished this task, I asked them this question – “If this is the first time you have ever written down your hopes and dreams in your adult life, please raise your hand.”

As usual, more than half of the room raised a hand, but one person’s hand caught my attention more than the others. It was a man who was over 70 years old and still working a full-time factory job to produce an income for his family. He was working because he had to. I wonder if he would still be working full-time at 70 if he would have written down his hopes and dreams on paper when he was 18.

You have huge potential. What do you want to make sure you accomplish during your lifetime?

You see, it is these dreams which should drive your financial decisions. Not the other way around!


  1. Have the young person in your life ask some adults in their life, “What are your dreams?”  Once they have asked several of them, determine how many of those adults are truly allowing their dreams to drive their money decisions and how many are stuck allowing their current financial situation to drive (or prevent) their dreams.
  2. Grab a copy of the book and study it together to help the young person in your life prevent financial mistakes.
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