I answer listener email questions about finance with my good friend Ahyh.

Twitter trends Nashville @ 11:30 a.m. Sunday Of 10 listed, 5 are sports.

Last 3 emails I got:

1) Dear Debt Shepherd,

I am writing you to express my thankfulness to your work.

There are loads, loads of podcasts about money, credit, etc but they are not about changing the spiritual side of being wealthy. That makes your radio special from many others.

I am looking forward to listening to “Get your mind straight” series. I have already reduced the amount of junk food in my meal, and I feel way much better after the food part of it. 

Keep going on! You are doing great work!
Warm greetings from Siberia – Anna Svinoboeva

2) Hi Greg:
 
Thanks for the encouraging feedback.
 
We agree with you on the 401(k) — since Wall Street is also taking two-thirds of the employer-match in fees over the long haul. Much better to set up your own IRA at a local, FDIC-insured community bank that makes sound loans to local businesses and local home mortgages.
 
Best regards,
Pam Martens
Wall Street On Parade

2/3 of your 401k and employer match are being eaten up by just 2% annual fees!

3) Should I buy another car if my current one is paid for and running just fine? Honda, high miles. Wife says “I deserve it” listener said Honda might not be safe since lacks safety features of newer cars.

Close:

Advice from Catherine Austin Fitts of Solari
1) Bank Local
2) Turn off TV
3) Eat Fresh (& local).

Get your mind straight. Get your money straight.
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We talk to Andrea from Utah with a buffet style of topics.

Malls – retail sales dropping nationwide. Big box retailers closing stores and declaring bankruptcy.
$15 min wage in fast food.
Perpetual Growth – false paradigm
Home Schooling.

Action steps:

1) Bank local
2) Turn off TV
3) Eat Fresh (& local)

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
Debt Shepherd 2016, All Rights Reserved

Gratitude – 214 DSR

May 8, 2016

We learn that gratitude is an inside job.

1) What is it?

2) How do you get or experience it?

3) What if you lose it and want it back?

4) What are you grateful for?

Resources:
Contrast: Surround yourself with the poor, sick, dying, hungry, mentally ill, etc.
Pronoia – Book

Gratitude is a matter of survival. Not a luxury.

Close: Change your perspective. Change where you’re standing. You’ll see something different. The biggest teacher can be the smallest nuance of change.

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
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The importance of money conversations in the home.

– Financially illiterate parents raise children to repeat the same.

– Environmental determinism pre late 1800’s vs present.

– Environmental determinism post industrial revolution, post computer age, post globalism.

– How early should we start teaching money to kids?
– How early should we start sharing our financial literacy with kids?

– Why aren’t money matters taught within the family?

– How can we expect gov/t to improve the economy when we don’t practice discipline ourselves?

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
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I discuss the three things needed to get the debt free feeling.

Practice
Little Bites
Focus

Resources:
Pocket Calculator
Your Paycheck

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
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Economic Envy – 211 DSR

March 19, 2016

Jones'

We discuss the dangers of keeping up with the elusive Jones’.

We ask the following:

– Since the word Greed is more commonly used when referring to money, is there a difference between envy & greed?

– TV was first demonstrated a mere 90 yrs. ago. Thoughts on it’s influence on Americas “Can’t Get Enough” attitude.

– Is TV’s influence intentional or accidental?

– TV’s appeal to emotion vs rational mind.

– TV, are we better off without it?

In the 2005 book – American Mania: When More is Not Enough we are reminded:

“Despite an astonishing appetite for life, more and more Americans are feeling overworked and dissatisfied. In the world’s most affluent nation, epidemic rates of stress, anxiety, depression, obesity, and time urgency are now grudgingly accepted as part of everyday existence. They signal the American Dream gone awry.”

Resources:
American Mania: When More is Not Enough
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
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Tale of Two Houses

We interview Jon White. He shares the mistakes he made when buying his first house. And he shares how you can avoid doing the same. He’s all about giving you a new perspective on your money.

Jon shares with us:

1) Who he is. Where he works. What he does.
2) Why he wrote the book A Tale of Two Houses.
3) How the book can help you.

Resources:
Jon White

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.
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Murphy’s Law – 209 DSR

February 28, 2016

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Pastor Ahyh shares with us how Murphy’s Law has been showing up in his life lately.

Just because someone is a pastor, teacher, and very conservative financially doesn’t mean things can’t go sideways. Pastor Ahyh echoes the sentiment that it happens to the best of us.

He’s recently seen radical changes in finance, job and personal life that would cause most people to question everything including their faith.

Resources:
The Calling – Pastor Ahyh

Get your mind straight. Get your money straight.

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