097 Beyond Your Wedding Day Podcast-Keeping Up With the Joneses

by mike on October 17, 2012

097 Beyond Your Wedding Day Podcast-Keeping Up With the Joneses

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In this episode of the Beyond Your Wedding Day Podcast, we discuss the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  We take a look at Chapter 5: “Ignorance and Keeping Up
With the Joneses.”

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*No one is born with financial smarts

-Just as we have to learn every skill in life (how to drive, swing a golf club, play guitar), the same is true for handling money

-The biggest problem with our current culture is that we just aren’t taught how to handle money well!

-A huge part of the solution is teaching the information in schools

-Being ignorant does not mean you are dumb.  I am ignorant in many things!

-The key is to have a thirst to find out.  Read books, go to classes, read blogs, listen to podcasts, etc.

-The exact same thing can be applied to marriage as well!

*Keeping up with the Joneses is not a good plan

-Most couples who look like they are wealthy and doing great are flat out broke

-Many of us like to put up a facade that we are “extremely successful”

-The reason we do these things is because we think that having lots of stuff is successful

*a big house, nice cars, perfect wardrobe, etc.

-The truth is that the average millionaire just doesn’t care about those things

-It can be EXTREMELY difficult to stop the facade and start telling people you can’t afford things or that you are selling your house, car, etc.

*It is a major hit to the ego

-Sometimes it’s family (gift-giving, vacations) and other times it’s friends (dinners out, weekend trips) that give us the most pressure to spend when we know we shouldn’t

-The really cool thing is that if you sacrifice now (sell your brand new Chevy Tahoe), you will be able to do whatever you want financially later!

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