First Spending Plan Training Video Available: Tracking Cash in YNAB

I finally finished my first video to help people with their spending plan! This first video walks you through tracking cash in YNAB. It’s an area that many people find confusing, so I wanted to make a video walking you through the process.

Boy, it was both fun and challenging learning how to animate PowerPoint and getting the video to match the audio. 🙂

It starts off with some discussion about the topic of tracking cash, but you can go right to time stamp 3:13 to see the step-by-step demonstration.


 
I’d love your feedback on this video. Thanks … and I hope you find it helpful.

049: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill & Inspirational Reading 12/14 “Avoiding Pain”

Episode Summary

In today’s episode, I’m going to:

  • Talk about why I wasn’t willing to let my husband return a library book I reserved for him late.

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048: Letter to a Suffering Friend, Spending Plan Training, the Future, & Inspirational Reading 5/27 “The Enemy of Creativity”

As of the date of this post, there are still many people suffering the consequences of Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We live in South Florida and were very lucky to get our power back quickly, and suffered minimal damage to our property. For us, life has returned to normal. But for so many others, it’s a continuing nightmare. I just wanted to send heartfelt wishes to those who are still struggling to recover soon.

Episode Summary

Well, I’m back. Since my last episode in February. I took a much needed break. My mind began to clear. And a few ideas emerged and began to take shape, which I’ll tell you about shortly.

In today’s episode, I’m going to:

  • Share a letter I wrote to a friend who is struggling with compulsive spending.
  • Tell you about my spending plan training programs.
  • Explain the new format for the “I Can’t Stop Spending!” website.

 

I’m so happy to be back walking the path of recovery with you!

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047: Letting Go

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Photo by gnuckx [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

00:35 Letting GoThis episode is different from all the others because I need to pause production on the podcast for now. In this 16 minute episode, I begin by talking about the purpose of the “I Can’t Stop Spending!” podcast and how I got sober with money.

And I end today’s show with the remarkable poem I stumbled upon yesterday that was the catalyst for today’s episode.

04:20 How this Podcast Came to Be
I explain how a 40 year dream evolved into this podcast thanks to Cliff Ravenscraft!.

06:31 Why I Need to Pause Production on This Podcast
In this section, I discuss the practical reasons for the pause and talk about where I am thinking of going with my work. I also talk about integrity around anonymity and recovery work (DA’s Tradition 11), the slippery slope of monetizing service work, and overdoing service work to the point that it is a symptom of underearning.

10:20 Hundreds of Articles are Available on Recovery from Compulsive Spending at My Blog
In the meantime, my blog – Getting Out from Going Under – has hundreds of posts giving you practical instructions around all manner of topics, from spending plans to relationships to working the steps, and more, plus many other posts dealing with recovery from compulsive spending. I plan to continue writing posts for the blog. And I’ve got an idea that’s been rolling around in my mind for another book to help compulsive spenders. Plus, I’m writing on Medium.com (@moneysober) about more general topics.

11:53 Inspiration from Reverend Safire Rose
Instead of reading from the Getting Out from Going Under Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders, I’m going to end today’s episode by reading the astonishingly poignant and powerful poem I read yesterday that released me from my torment around letting go of the podcast for now. It’s called, “She Let Go” by Agape Minister, Rev. Safire Rose.
And here is my reading of the poem:

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

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Image by George Hodan

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”

In this Episode

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”

In this Episode

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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”

In this Episode

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”

In this Episode

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


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”

In this Episode

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


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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