046: Resisting that Irresistible Urge to Spend & Inspirational Reading 2/21 “Cost vs. Price”

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00:48 Resisting that Irresistible Urge to Spend
I read from an article I found about a woman in the U.K. who is pleading for help to keep from compulsively spending the rent money she hasn’t been able to pay for six months, due to a problem with the landlords.

08:07 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: February 21st: “Cost vs. Price”

10:00 A note about the inspirational readings
I want you to know that you can benefit from these readings whether you are in a 12 step recovery program or not.

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045: Five Reasons to Ignore Valentine’s Day & Inspirational Reading 2/14 “Valentine’s Day: A Plea for Sanity”

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00:52 Five Reasons to Ignore Valentine’s Day
In today’s podcast, I try to help you get right-minded about Valentine’s Day. Once you listen to this episode, I guarantee you won’t ever look at it the same way! I’ve posted a more extensive article on the subject, called “Why I Ignore Valentine’s Day and Why You Should Too” on Medium.

08:15 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: February 14th: “Valentine’s Day: A Plea for Sanity”

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044: Feeling Your Feelings & Inspirational Reading 2/10 “Staying the Course”

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00:46 Word of the Week
I just discovered a new word that you will find interesting!

01:22 Jane’s Story
I start off by telling you a story of a fictional compulsive spender named Jane, and what happens to her when a job interview goes bad.

05:00 Feeling Your Feelings
Taking Jane’s story as a starting point, I discuss how we can begin to recognize and stop the downward spiral from emotional upset to spending binge.

 

 

15:25 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: February 10th: “Staying the Course”

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043: Losing Your Balance & Inspirational reading 1/29 “It’s Physical”

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Click here to read the “Getting Out from Going Under” blog post for this episode.


00:50 Losing Your Balance
I’ve gained and lost five sponsors/action partners in various 12-Step programs over the past year. I’m feeling some fresh pain around this topic so I thought it was worth exploring. I talk about how unsettling it is to lose relationships in recovery, whether it’s a sponsor, action partner, or just someone in your network of support, and how to regain your balance despite the loss.

 

10:25 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: January 29th: “It’s Physical”

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042: Getting Off the Seesaw & Inspirational Reading 1/22 “A Lifeline”

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00:46 Getting Off the Seesaw
Today’s podcast is inspired by an article from Becoming Minimalist that I posted on our Facebook page. The article is about not buying any new clothes for a year.

It’s an exciting idea, but is a really extreme step for someone who is still compulsively spending. I talk about the dangers of swinging from extreme to extreme and why it’s best to just live the middle way instead.

 
10:25 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: January 22nd: “A Lifeline”

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041: Being a Militant Realist and Inspirational Reading 1/21 “Willingness”

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00:49 Being a Militant Realist
Today, I talk about where the rubber meets the road in recovery from compulsive spending. I explain the Debtors Anonymous concept of pressure relief meetings (PRM). And why it’s vital that anyone wishing to help a compulsive spender needs to be a militant realist.

11:14 Here’s What Happened to Me
I talk about my own experience being told a hard truth I didn’t want to hear … and how it all turned out. Plus, I finish by telling you how you can become your own militant realist.

17:59 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: January 21st: “Willingness”

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040: Money Diet vs. Spending Moratorium & Inspirational Reading 1/10 “Pain vs. Misery”

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00:49 The Difference Between a “Money Diet” and a Spending Moratorium
I talk about an excellent article I found in New York Magazine by Charlotte Cowles that paints a clear portrait of the difference between a budget-minded philosophy and a recovery-centered vision without ever mentioning a 12 Step program. In addition, I go into detail about the differences between a “money diet” and a spending moratorium based on the experience of someone I know as well as my own.

11:55 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: January 10th: “Pain vs. Misery”

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“Life of Riley” (Intro and Outro), “Carpe Diem,” “Danger Storm,” “Bassa Island Game” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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039: Year Themes, Try These Tips Today, & Inspirational Reading 1/1 “Resolutions”

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1:28 More about Choosing a Theme for the Year
I continue talking about resolutions vs. goals vs. themes and why a theme may be the best idea for the upcoming year.

06:37 A Couple of Ideas to Help You Shift Your Relationship with Money Now
Just a few ideas you can implement easily and quickly that may give your year a jump start around having a healthier relationship with money and spending.

08:32 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: January 1st: “Resolutions”

Music Attribution

“Life of Riley” (Intro and Outro), “Carpe Diem,” “Crusade,” “Cuban Sandwich,” “Fearless First” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


Help with Your Spending Plan

I can help you overcome the fear of looking at your numbers, create the foundation for your spending plan, and provide one-on-one technical help to teach you how to use your spending plan software. Click here to read how I can help you with your spending plan

Please Leave Comments, Questions, and Suggestions

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this podcast. Please share your comments, questions, and suggestions. You can leave a voice message if you have a microphone (see the link on the right side of each page and on the Contact page), email me from the Contact page

038: Paradoxical Reactions, Preparing for Next Year, & Inspirational Reading 12/25 “Benevolence”

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1:03 Paradoxical Reactions
I talk about my experience with medication where I have the opposite reaction from what is intended, and explain why that is similar to how many of us react around the holiday. Then, I give a couple of suggestions about how to move past the possibly negative emotions we experience during this time of year.

08:57 Preparing for Next Year
I talk about how you can move out of the negative emotions that surround the holidays by preparing for next year. I give you a two-step process to follow. The first part is looking at your accomplishments from the year just past and setting some goals for the upcoming year.

But I give very specific instructions on the types of goals it’s best to set and why certain goals will just set you up for failure. Plus, I talk to you about the process of using a “God box” (make your own and call it whatever you’d like – “Higher Power box,” “HP box,” “Sacred box,” “Fred’s box,” you get the idea).

At time stamp 13:20, I talk specifically about what types of goals to set if you are a compulsive spender still in the throes of your addiction.

After listening, I’d love to hear about your accomplishments and goals. Just leave them in the Comments section of this episode (below)!

17:08 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: December 25th: “Benevolence”

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037: A Perfect Day for Recovery & Inspirational Reading 12/24 “Breaking the Cycle”

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00:50 It’s a Perfect Day for Recovery
You don’t have to wait until January 1st to begin your recovery from compulsive spending! I tell you why today (a week before Christmas and Hanukkah) is the absolutely perfect day to begin!

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08:29 Inspiration from the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders: December 24th: “Breaking the Cycle”

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