016: Interview with Lauren Greutman & July 29th Reading: Fear of Creditors

In this Episode:

[Note: This podcast is longer than usual, nearly an hour.]

00:00 Introduction to the Interview
Where I introduce my guest, Lauren Greutman, author of the upcoming book, “The Recovering Spender.” I talk about my trepidation regarding the interview, and explain why I decided to proceed.

Continue reading

007: A Cautionary Tale, Spouse Uses Credit Cards, & May 15th Reading from Daily Reader

In this Episode:


00:00 A Cautionary Tale
A story about impulsive buying at a craft fair.

10:40 They Just Don’t Get it
Navigating recovery when your spouse wants to use a credit card, and why the person in recovery should be in charge of the spending plan.

As promised, the spreadsheet I mentioned is called the Excel Deluxe “Envelopes” Check Register Spreadsheet (with One-Click Sort, plus Reconcile Section): $11.95

20:23 Daily Reader for Compulsive Spenders and Debtors
May 15: Awareness vs. Planning

Music Attribution
“Thief in the Night,” “Carpe Diem,” and “Life of Riley” (Intro and Outro)
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

006: About Mother’s Day, Two Helpful Reminders, What Kind of Debt do We Avoid, & May 9th Reading

In This Episode:


00:00 Segment: A tiny talk about Mother’s Day

02:22 Segment: Good to Know
I talk about two helpful reminders about recovery from compulsive debting that someone shared with me.

13:10 Segment: What Kind of Debt do We Avoid?
Unsecured vs secured debt and some comments about payment arrangements. Plus, my opinion on medical debt, about which there is some controversy.

22:32 Segment: Daily Reader for Compulsive Spenders and Debtors
Today, I read the May 9th entry, entitled, “Customer Service.”

005: Tips, Why Don’t Schools Teach Kids Financial Responsibility, Recovery is NOT Magic, & May 1 from Daily Reader

In this episode:

00:00 Five practical tips to help compulsive spenders
In tip 5, I read a quote from page 101-102 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, adjusting it to reflect the world of compulsive spenders. (from Chapter 7: Working with Others)

19:50 They Just Don’t Get It!

Why don’t schools teach basic financial responsibility skills? My take on what they should teach and what parents can do to help in the meantime.

Recoveryismagicalbut30:05 Finding a Higher Power
I read a quote from page 15 from the book, “The Higher Power of the Twelve-Step Program” by Glenn F. Chesnut, and talk about the danger of visions.

39:02 Daily Reader for Compulsive Spenders and Debtors
Today, I read the May 1st entry, entitled, “First of the Month Frenzy”