Saturday, January 25, 2014


In today's post, I am pondering the ramifications of getting control of my finances.
"What if," (to borrow a phrase from Judge Andrew Napolitano), I saved a small percentage of each paycheck and invested it. Any gains I realize would go toward paying off debt.
I am doing this on my Android smart phone because I don't want to fire up my desktop dinosaur (yet). That will be for heavier duty tasks like printing and other resource-intensive computing.

Remember, get your finances into Mint condition!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Well, since my last (dire) post, I have updated my awareness of my financial straits by updating my accounts with!

Yes, this is a plug for Mint :)

I set up alerts on all my upcoming bills throughout the month to give me a "heads-up" when something is coming due. Peace of mind is the first dividend paid from taking control of your finances.

It took me hours to update my accounts and transactions this past Saturday. Result:
"Hi, my name is Peter, and I'm a debt slave."
Admission is the first step to recovery. Now comes the real work: paying off debt!

"Money, Where Does It Go?" (Courtesy of Bryan Brandenburg )

Saturday, January 18, 2014


I have been taking a good, hard look at my finances. And it ain't pretty. Take a look at what I've found:

  • debt up the wazoo. (where is that?)
  • temporary employment (better than none)
  • no more bullet points

What's left? Internet excursions into topical wonderlands which solve none of my financial challenges, but definitely alleviate the pressure through amusement and diversion. Like blogging.

As I watch Fedora 19 Linux update itself on my dad's old Dell PC here, I am reminded of why I created this blog: to express my musings about life through a Christian worldview.

Meanwhile, my financial world is a house of cards, tumbling around me as I watch pretty face cards flutter past my window and fall to the ground. Unless, something changes, nothing will. 

Better go check on Fedora. She can only do so much...