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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Weight Watchers financial wisdom

Weight Watchers.  It’s great accountability….and a wonderful place to learn financial principles! This weeks financial wisdom – no ___(fill in the blank) will fill the emotions you have!

Eating and spending run parallel patterns in my life.  Times when I’ve been out of control in what I eat, my bank account has also been out of control.  Maybe you could call it “eating your emotions“.  Only my emotions are never satisfied.  It happens with money too – some call it “retail therapy“.  It doesn’t work.

That insatiable place of emotions cannot be conquered by spending more money or eating more chocolate.   It can only be filled by the Giver of Life!  He gives us the only living water that can quench our thirst.

So stop, wait and realize what the real emotion is.  Break the habit of indulging and begin to face the real matter.  And walk in financial freedom!

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Our First Budget

The idea of a budget is like fingernails on a chalkboard to some and to others it is as intimidating as a loaded gun.  For me it is peace.  It is an instrument that creates perfect harmony.  It is a tool that facilitates great communication.  The first budget Josh and I developed together was the budget for our wedding.  The communication it facilitated set the priorities for our wedding – photography, flowers and cake.  Everything else was a little rock and managed within the margins set.  Our budget was a guide, not a straight jacket. We made adjustments, but we fulfilled our ultimate goal – DEBT FREE wedding ceremony.  At financial decision points it was our greatest tool to keep our sanity and not overdo it.  After all, what matter most to us was our marriage which was only beginning at that ceremony!

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