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Friday, March 24, 2017

Don't Divorce Book Review

This book was given to us in consideration of a review.

This book is not a quick read, nor is it an easy read.  It is a book written by a Ph.D. and it feels like it is written like a textbook in some places. 

 However, that might just be exactly what is necessary to combat all the literature out there that is based upon opinion and made-up statistics.


As you know, statistically speaking, marriages don’t last.  You have a higher chance of divorcing before you die than you do of staying married the rest of your life, or that of your spouse. Is that really true?


Don’t Divorce offers studies that prove divorce is misrepresented in the media, that it isn’t as common as one may think.

In fact, Don’t Divorce shows that much of what is presented in the media as fact is just plain wrong.  This book not only dispels the myths, it gives the name of the studies that disprove them.


Don’t Divorce offers readers information to help them stay together.  It reminds readers of how the divorce industry thrives on people’s misery and how much potential cost there is, in money and the lives of not only the couple involved, but also their children and other family members.

 
We hope that no one reading this is ever faced with the possibility of divorce.  But if there is a possibility, both members of the couple should read Don’t Divorce.
Don’t’ Divorce is well-written, and although a slow read, should be read by anyone who has a potential divorce in their future, whether it be their own, or that of someone they love. 


We don’t like the subject matter, few would, but we think it is an important book for anyone who has divorce enter their life or the life of a family member or friend. 



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Budgeting Outgo

You will need to look at your financial forensic evidence to determine your outgo.  Outgo is any money that you pay out. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-yearly, yearly or just a once in a lifetime thing, you have to figure it into your budget.

You must figure it in so that you can plan on when you have to pay it again.  If the expenditure is truly a once in a lifetime payment, then you will not need to include it in a budget for the future.

You have two types of expenditures: fixed and variable.

Fixed expenses are things that do not NORMALLY vary from month to month, such as mortgage or rent payments, car payments, insurance, etc.

Variable expenses are those bills that vary somewhat.  You may be able to exercise some control over your variable expenses.

Some examples of variable expenses would be utilities such as gas and electric, groceries, entertainment, vacations, etc. 

To help you budget a little better, you may wish to look into equal payment plans with your utilities.  Some utility companies will set up a plan of equal payments based on your last year’s utility bills.
If using an equal payment plan, pay attention to your actual usage each month.  In the present year, you may be using more than you did in the previous year.  If that is the case, you will have a large bill to settle at the end of the year.

For now, we are going to focus on budgeting for these variable expenses, but later we will discuss ways of bringing those expenses under some type of control.
Gather together all your bills and let us get started. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Budgeting Income



By this time, you should have accumulated all your financial forensic evidence and are ready to start putting together a budget.  If you have not yet done so, now is the time to get out the checkbook registry, get together all bank and credit card statements, and get ready to assess your income and outgo.

Be sure you have all your credit card statements, loan statements, and any other financial statements or documents together.

It is best to use some type of financial software or even a basic spreadsheet program for this.  If you do not have any of this, Google has Google Sheets, which is a free basic spreadsheet program.  Open Office also provides a free spreadsheet program. Start by listing all your income and/or anticipated income.

 

Gross

Gross income is the total income you produce.  It is everything before any type of deductions are taken out of your check.  You will use this to calculate your tithe and savings plan.

 

Net

Your net income is what you actually receive.  This is what is left over after all your deductions such as federal taxes and Medicare.  Net income is the amount you will actually be able to spend in your budget.

When David was working as a loan officer at a supervised lender, he was taking a loan application when someone told him, regarding their income, “De duck gets more than I do”.  This is a cute statement to state what many of us think about the many deductions from our paychecks we have to endure.

Your income will consist of any salary, hourly wages, or tips you receive.  Also, include wages you earn from anything.

Get this all together and write it down.  Remember to include all income received by both spouses in this calculation.

Gross Income from Salary/Wages------------------------- _______
Tips, etc.----------------------------------------------------- _______
Rents received----------------------------------------------- _______
Royalties received------------------------------------------- _______
Income from second job------------------------------------ _______
Total Gross income----------------------------------------- _______
Less deductions--------------------------------------------- _______
Net Income--------------------------------------------------- _______

Look over all the information you have gathered together.  Do you get interest on any checking or savings accounts?  Do you have any money market accounts, CDs, or other interest-bearing accounts?  If so, list the interest received from these as your income.

Do you have a side job like babysitting, preparing taxes for others, mystery shopping, direct sales (like Avon or Tupperware)? 

Do you have what some people call side hustles like Uber or AirBnB? 

In short, have you listed all sources of income that you receive regularly, even if it is only once or twice per year?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bossed Up! Book Review

Bossed up is an enlightening book written by a young, black, female, entrepreneur. It appears that the author’s goal for this book was to reach young female members of minorities and encourage them to become the best that they could be, whatever direction God was sending them.
However, Bossed Up can be inspirational to males as well as females.  It can encourage old as well as young.  It can also inspire people of all races, colors, and creeds.  In short, no matter who you are, Bossed Up can be a useful tool for you.
The book is written in 100 short sections.  Each section can be read in less than five minutes.  Each section has Bible verses and Biblical points to underscore what the author seeks to convey.
We found the book to be inspiring.  Unlike so many other books we have read about changing one’s mindset about what is going on in one’s life, this author does not seek to blow her own horn or promote a particular business.   This author simply tells her readers what happened to her and how she overcame. This appears to be meant as encouragement and not self-promotion.
We whole-heartedly endorse this book for anyone who feels that they are facing difficult times in their life. 
We were sent a review copy of this book in PDF without charge or obligation.  This in no way altered our opinion.  In the words of Anna Dean Pennington, our former U. S. History teacher back at Crescent High School,  “Eyes calls ‘em likes eyes sees ’em.”  We call them like we see them, too.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Roku Express Plus Product Review

As you know the main concept behind our blog How to ManageYour Monkey is saving money without having to sacrifice too much.  One way to save money is to disconnect your satellite or cable television service.  We did that quite some time ago. 

We learned that we could save money by making a small, one time investment in a little set top device called a Roku

The Roku is a simple device that plugs into your television via either an HDMI cable or simply by using your standard RCA video inputs.  This couldn’t be easier.  Red to red, yellow to yellow, white to white.

This little device allows you to watch NetFlix, Hulu, Crackle, and others on your television via the internet. 


AND, if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch hundreds of movies free by using your
Amazon Prime account.  There are classic television shows like the Twilight Zone.  The free shows and movies change periodically, so what is free today might not be free tomorrow and the other way around.

There are also hundreds of free channels you can get only on Roku.  We like to watch the Homesteading Channel. This is a channel created by a family that wanted a more simple lifestyle.  They show different things they have learned along the way.

There are free channels for movies, sports, news, and more.

Roku works by using your Internet connection to bring the channels to you.  You can connect via your wireless. Why pay a monthly subscription fee when you can get so much free?



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Changing Gears


So far, we have been mostly discussing the spiritual aspects of Managing your Monkey.  We will continue to emphasize the spiritual aspects of life, but add personal finance to that. 

Let us start this section off with a word of prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for bringing us this far in life.  Help us to keep You in the forefront of our lives and help us to honor You with all that we do in our lives.

Please help us to make the proper life decisions and to keep You in our hearts and minds. Please help us in all that we do.

It is in Christ’s most holy and most precious name that we pray,
Amen.

We are turning now towards personal finance.  I will be suggesting several readings along the way.  I know that Dave Ramsey is seen as THE financial guru right now, but let us assume that we aren’t quite ready for Ramsey.

One must learn to walk before one can fly.  First, I will set up a little scenario.
One morning, you wake up late for work because the clock did not go off.  The clock did not go off because the power company turned off the power because you are months behind on your bill and the check you just sent them bounced.

You stumble into the shower and it dawns on you that you will have to take a cold shower because
the water heater is electric. You turn on the shower and there is no water.  There is no water because you did not have the money to pay the water bill.

You put on deodorant very heavily.  You go to the kitchen and grab a Pop Tart on your way out the door.  You make it to the car and drive to work.  You notice that the Low Fuel light is on and probably has been for a while.  You figure that since today is pay day you will get gas after work. By then, your paycheck should have been deposited into your account.  Your account is overdrawn because you have tapped the overdraft protection on your account, again. 

You pull into the parking lot at work and notice several of your fellow employees are standing around outside the building.  This is odd. You notice there is a large, yellow X made out of police line tape.  There is a padlock on the door and a man in a federal marshal’s vest standing beside the door.

You soon learn that the chief financial officer has embezzled all the company’s money.  There will be no direct deposit into your checking account.  You, and all your fellow workers, are flat broke.

You sit in your car and try to figure out what you are going to do.  You have already maxed out all your credit cards.  You have payday loans due.  You have rent, a car note, utilities, and more, all past due.

You realize you are pretty sunk.  Right now, you can’t even afford a Total Money Makeover.  You need a plan. 

Our goal is to take you from here, down in the trenches, all the way up through Hard-Core Poor, through the Total Money Makeover, and up to and beyond the Millionaire Next Door.

Here is where we start. If you have been following this course, you have already organized your home and located all of your financial forensic evidence.  You are ready to get started setting up a budget. 

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Always consult a professional before you act on any of the information you find in this course.  

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