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Author: CassWoman Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 310997  
Subject: Re: Lurker no more! (very long) Date: 11/25/2002 5:39 PM
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I was afraid someone was going to suggest this :)
I was working on the whole picture this weekend, and I think you're right. I'm going to try to get it out there this week.

Why is this really good thing, mastering my finances that is, so SCARY?


I've posted my debt numbers, but not my entire budget. Posting the debt numbers keeps me more honest since I know that I'm going to have to be accountable to this board at the end of the month. I've also posted my progress (or lack thereof) with my e-fund and freedom fund, which for me is the 'feel good' part of posting information. I love knowing that my savings is increasing and that I am getting more and more in control of my finances ($840 car repair bills not withstanding).

I'm considering posting my entire budget, but at this point I feel that I've pretty much mastered THAT part of my finances, so I don't feel compelled to do that at this point. I've been tweaking it and tweaking it for months and months, and it seems to be working beautifully for me.

Mastering one's finances IS scary -- it's unknown territory for many of us, and the skills are often skills that we were not taught as a child. I still find it scary, but am learning more and more about money and my relationship to it every day. I've been reading some great books, too, that talk about why moving from what is comfortable, even if it isn't in our best interests, is harder than moving towards what IS in our best interests. "The Energy of Money" and "Seven Stages of Money Maturity" are both good, and both talk about this kind of thing.

Also, in general don't post anything that you don't feel comfortable posting, okay?


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