Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Town Hall for Hope with Dave Ramsey

Connect with families across the nation for a truly radical message: HOPE.

Tired of hearing the fear, doom and gloom that’s filling the airwaves? Join Dave Ramsey for a nationwide town hall meeting and discover what’s happening with the economy, how we got here, and where we’re going. Plus, Dave will answer your questions live throughout the event!

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Springdale and Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. This event is free and open to everyone. Invite your co-workers, friends, and family.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Utilizing the Stimulus Package

Walking through this difficult time, you or someone you know, may be laid off of work. You and your employer have paid for the use of unemployment so utilize it. There is no deadline to apply, which you can do online. There are three major changes due to the stimulus legislation:
  • An extension to EUC 08 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation
  • $25 weekly stimulus payments
  • Waiver of federal income tax on the first $2400 of benefits received during 2009
Go to the ADWS website for details.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cash Challenge

Ok, I know you probably are going to want to blow off this challenge, but trust me, this will be eye opening and life changing so just try it, o.k.?

Use cash only to pay for certain expenditures. Why cash? You will spend less than if you paid with debit/credit cards, 18% less. Science says that when we spend cash it registers in our brain as pain. You visually see the money dwindling as you spend it and it keeps you on your target spending plan because once the money is gone you can't keep spending.

You'll also become a more conscious spender. You'll begin to consider whether or not each purchase is worth it rather than blindly using your debit/credit cards and waiting (sometimes until the bill comes) to consider if it was worth it. Cash makes you more aware of that decision before you buy. This will also show you where you tend to overspend as well so you can choose to alter your budget or change your spending habits.

How to:
Choose one or more categories: lunch, groceries, entertainment, gas (some places give a cheaper cash price. bonus!), non-food items (cleaners, toiletries, paper goods). Decide on an amount you think you should spend in a pay period on each category. Take out cash to last for one pay period and place it in separate envelopes. Write the category on the envelope. Once that envelope is empty you must wait to refill until the next pay period.
If you enjoy the benefits of using cash, you can purchase a coupon organizer and use that for your envelopes or create tabbed dividers and place in your wallet.
For more information on using the cash envelope method, click here.