Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My financial prowess


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.

Sigh...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe that extra $42.01 will get you into the EZ Pass lane at the heavenly gates.
Andy

Brad Wright said...

Sweet, I'll start saving up.

Knumb said...

A church is charging for a financial planning class?

Just out of curiousity, do they charge for other classes, like marriage classes?

Brad Wright said...

It's with Crown Financial Ministries, so I think you have to pay them to show you how to do the class/ materials.

The in-church teaching is free (aside from that pesky 10% thing).

S.S.Stone said...

ok - if the book & course was $55.00 and you signed up but couldn't attend the classes...then, the ten weeks instruction comes to $42.01....divide that by 10= $4.20 / class...not a bad deal at all...so you should talk to them and only pay the $12.99 since you aren't taking the classes.
Does that make any sense or is it just tooo late and i'm confused.

At my church they will pay for your course if you're sitting on one of the committees...so if you were on the Financial committee , this course would be paid for...if you're on the Liturgy Comm., then you'd go to workshops paid by the church....interesting finding out the differences.

Knumb said...

This was on the front page of MSN today:

http://realestate.msn.com/buying/Article_kip.aspx?cp-documentid=4980274>1=10130

Brad Wright said...

Yes, the class is a good deal... if you go. I think that I cost the church $55 when I signed up and didn't cancel early enough, so that's what I'm paying for.

Brad Wright said...

John... the link didn't go anywhere.

Knumb said...

Blah,

blogspot is tough with links, you have to paste the two lines together in your address bar.

S.S.Stone said...

knumb? what two lines? can you give it again?

S.S.Stone said...

i managed to get to the real estate site but void of pics

Brad Wright said...

BTW, David Weakliem has offered to buy this book from me for $5.

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