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Do your kids have a say in the financial decisions of your household?

The importance of turning 18 years of age in The USA.

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Has anything changed for you financially since the election? Are we really in a recovery?

Credit Cards
Student Loans
Consciously raising kids who understand money

Are we really in a recovery?
If Congress borrowed more money this year than last and tax revenue is down, how are we in a recovery?

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Know Who You Owe – 242 DSR

February 23, 2018

Today I discuss a real estate closing fiasco of an old friend and how you can avoid it.

Late 2016 sold house, moved back to CA.

Closing attorney ordered payoff 1st but not 2nd mtg. Closing attorney said “2nd mtg was included in the first mtg payoff.”

Months later, friend got notice from HUD – owe $11k. Consulted an attorney. Now making mo. pmt $200 to 300 to HUD.

Their buyers attorney contacted them. We payoff 2nd, you borrower $9k from us, do you have any collateral?

Buyer is trying to either refinance or sell and can’t. Doesn’t have clear title. Title clearly shows 1st and 2nd mtg. Seller’s attorney screwed up big time.

Seller pocketed enough to pay the $11k at closing but wasn’t aware of it. Ultimately responsible.

Know who you owe. Read CD, look at who is being paid off. If you write two mo. mtg pmt checks, both lenders should be in the payoff section.

Credit score hurt if HUD reports to credit bureaus.

What is a closing disclosure?

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Do you take your debts with you when you die?

This show topic is inspired by a text from a listener and former student of Debt Shepherd. Brenda G. on the east coast of The US.
who asked, “Is there a metaphysical relationship between death and debt? Do we carry debt over into the next realm?”

1) Do we carry debt over into the afterlife? Karma. Do unresolved issues stay with us if/when we are reborn?

Is our thinking about money, abundance, etc formed after we get here? Or is it part of the part of us that isn’t physical, that we already were before our bodies showed up?

2) Credit Cards and The Rapture

Co-worker in mortgage business once said, “I’m not worried about paying off my credit cards. The rapture is near and when Jesus comes, I’m outta here.” That was about 10 yrs ago. I’m not sure he still has that outlook, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

As far as karma goes. What comes around goes around is a good adage in the here and now regardless of our thoughts, feelings, around the afterlife.

I don’t recommend an attitude toward debt of, “Screw it, when I die I don’t have to pay these debts/bills.” I say clean it up best you can while you’re here.

Ever treated an old, unpaid debt like death? You put it out of your mind for a while but it keeps coming back to bother you. You’re afraid the debt collector will come calling some day when least expected, kinda like the grim reaper?

Irony. Word Mortgage. Mort means death. MORTician, RigorMORTis. MORTgage. The word debt kinda sounds like death a bit. Think about it.


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What are you standing so close to that you no longer see?

Todays episode title idea via Michael Tsarion @

When something is so close to me, I don’t see/appreciate it anymore.

Can’t see the forest for the trees. The forest is invisible to me due to my proximity/distance to the tree directly in front of me. Tunnel vision.

1) What am I focusing on that is causing me to miss what else is around me? My paycheck is too small. My boss is a jerk. My co-workers don’t understand me, etc. All the while not seeing this is how I feed, clothe, and provide for my family.

2) What am I looking at every day, while not seeing it, that is causing me to no longer appreciate it’s beauty, quality, character, potential? Stand in the mirror. Negative body image? Why?
If all you see is weight, you’re missing the amazing things your body does for you.

I’m not saying accept/tolerate what you don’t agree with or accept.

Too much weight? Change your diet.

Not making enough money? Increase your value to the company and negotiate more pay.

Too much debt? Stop spending and pre-pay existing debts. Car payment depress you? Forgetting that car gets you to work every day so you can eat, sleep comfortably, live your life.

Resource: – Michael Tsarion

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Are you pretending to be happy at work or in life?

The idea for this episode title came from watching 2 celebrity interviews of the Netflix series: Stranger Things 2. I didn’t get thru the 2nd interview because….

Then it occurred to me: Why would someone elect a person to public office whose paid profession was pretending to be someone or something they weren’t? Actors get paid to fake it, to cause me to feel something, etc.

What does this have to do with money? Quite a bit. Elected officials are intimately connected to spending tax payers dollars. They run for office on the currency of their celebrity.

You elect them because of the characters they played who were likable, honest, self sacrificing, heroic, etc.

1) Are you going to a job and pretending to enjoy, like or tolerate it? “If I didn’t need this job, I’d tell my boss to where to go…”

2) Do you use money to pretend to have something you don’t, feel something you don’t or be someone you aren’t? This could include climbing the corporate ladder. Why?

3) Do you tell yourself, “If I just had more money, I’d finally be happy or happier? My problems would be solved, I’d be accepted, etc.” More money could be a raise at your current job or a large windfall.

Thoughts to ponder:
Isn’t another type of Paid Pretender a prostitute?

If I’m pretending or lying to myself about my happiness at my profession, am I prostituting myself to my employer? You perform an act or service, they give you money?

1) What would it take to not “need” your job? How about not need it as much? Less debts can = more options.

2) If I just had more money. How much is “more”? When will it be enough?

3) If you wait for more money before you live your dreams, you’ll never live them. They’ll always be just dreams.

The Man Who Quit Money – by Mark Sundeen

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LOL vs LOM – 237 DSR

October 21, 2017

Who is responsible for your current financial situation?

1) Perspective – What is poor? What is rich? Where do you look to get your ideas of both? How long do those ideas stay with you?
Media influence.

2) Where are you starting from? Increasing or decreasing?

3) Why change? Necessity or luxury?

4) Environmental Determinism. Are we products of our environment? Start poor, stay poor. Start rich, stay rich.

Who is responsible for your current financial situation? You, your parents, your grandparents, your spouse, gov’t?
In the mean time (while waiting for someone else/thing to change).
This is about taking personal responsibility. Own it.
Power of action instead of blame.


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Let’s talk about digital currency and the privacy it gives you. Not to mention not paying transaction fees.

What is Bitcoin? Digital coin. Digital Currency

The bit is a basic unit of information used in computing and digital communications. A binary digit can have only one of two values, and may be physically represented with a two-state device. These state values are most commonly represented as either a 0 or 1.

– Way for two parties to exchange money without third party interference/fees ie: government, banks, PayPal, Western Union, etc.
– Avoidance of paying fees for the facilitation of the transaction.
– Bitcoin essentially cuts the fee charging entities out of the transaction.
– Commerce with privacy.
– Gives those without access to bank accounts the ability to transact as long as they have access to a computer (library, internet café, etc). Western Union does this but charges fees and can take longer depending on method of payment and receipt.
– Transactions are logged in the blockchain and buyer/seller remain anonymous.
– Federal Reserve Bank has been controlling the creation, distribution, and sale of money for 104 years. Do you think they see bitcoin as a threat? Yes, because they can’t inflate the bitcoin supply and charge you a hidden tax (inflation).
– In it’s infancy.
– Same as cashless society? Gov’t idea of a cashless society still involves The Federal Reserve in control. Bitcoin’s idea of a cashless society does not.
– What if you worked and when you got paid your deposit was in Bitcoin instead of “dollars?”

Banking on Bitcoin – 1 hr 23 min (documentary movie) Netflix.
Coinbase – Buy & sell digital currency

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