As I have written before, I'm just not that good at managing money. I've always been good at making it, but somehow it all gets spent and turns into debt. With money, I'm sort of an idiot savant, without the savant part.
Here is the latest evidence:
My church is offering a great course on financial management, and both pastors took time to suggest that I take it. (Gosh, wonder why?) So, I signed up--10 weeks, $55 dollars. Okay. Then, my wife got a summer job, and the class was on a day I taught summer school, so it ended up being too disruptive to the family for us to go. (I actually think that was a good decision... family always first).
I did, however, get the seminar materials which included a good book about money, "Your Money Counts: The Biblical Guide to Earning, Spending, Saving, Investing, Giving, and Getting Out of Debt," which I think will be helpful.
Here's the rub: I just spent $55 for a book that retails for $12.99. Some people like to get discounts on their purchases... I like to pay 400% over retail.