FPU: 1/3 of the way through

Erin and I have been going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University for the past few weeks. We’ve completed a short and long budget, shared it with each other honestly, it’s been kind of eye opening. Sharing that information with someone for the first time is kind of a big deal. We had always just kind of glossed over money stuff, “I’ve got enough to do that,” or “I’ve been saving up for that,” was our old M.O. Now we know what is coming in and going out for each other we’re hold each other more accountable, it’s definitely helping. We’re saving money, understanding each other’s wants vs. needs. and most importantly, how to give and take criticism without freaking out.

I’ve saved over $350 of the $1000 that I want to have by December 1. I have canceled all but one of my credit cards, paid down my debt (the numbers escape me right now), and established a spending plan for myself that includes saving for the things I need to save for, honeymoon, winter food stock up, etc. It hasn’t been easy all the time, I have a few extra bucks now and then and get tempted to buy something dumb. I’ve held back, and really haven’t felt bad later about it.

“The difference between adults and children is children do what feels good, adults make a plan and stick to it.”

We still have about 8 weeks left of class, there are things left to cover that may not even apply to us yet, estate planning is not on our radar right now, but we’ll be ready when it is. Most of all I’m happy that Erin and I are taking that class together, we’re getting married in less than a year and starting things off on the same page financially is extremely important to me.

MOVIE REVIEW: Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor

Wow. That’s all I can say about this movie. I thought that it was going to be more of a biography that focused on the man instead it was a documentary that focused on the method. Fred Rogers was one of those people that we could all count on growing up. He was there to tell us that it was ok to feel a certain way and to tell everyone that we felt that way. Fred Rogers defined generations, he was on the air almost 50 years, from his start with The Children’s Corner all the way up to his 33 years with Mister Rogers’ Neighboorhood. Millions of children were touched by his method, it’s OK to feel, it’s OK speak, you’re just as respectable as an adult. he wrote all the lyrics to the songs, his piano player played the song live for each taping, nothing was canned, nothing was too much for the children.
This movie was one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time. It was narrated by Michael Keaton, who once worked on the set of MRN. Mr. Rogers is frequently interviewed throughout as well as many other cast members, friends, and collegues.

Many of the stories and songs brought a smile to my face or a tear to my eye as I remembered my special times watching Mister Rogers. I caught myself just beaming as I heard another familiar song or saw a character that I had long forgot about.

This movie is definitely worth seeing, it might be hard to find though, Netflix has it, Amazon does too. Check it out

News of the day…

So I’m cruising the ‘net today, working on nothign as usual… Some interesting stories came up today though, here’s a quick peek:

Curious George co-editor found dead: MSNBC

I think it’s a bit odd that just days before the release of the movie this man who helped write several books and many of the short films about Curious George is found dead in trash bags at his Florida home… Something is up here.
Related note:
The Jack Johnson Curious George soundtrack is pretty good, give it a listen.

Walmart to open over 1,500 new stores in the coming years: MSNBC

They opened 341 last year and are expecting more than that this year. When will it end. I seriously cannot stand to see Walmart in every community. Millions of square feet of empty Walmarts are vacant useless to so many communities around the country because Walmart left for a better deal. Millions of people are without adequate, affordable health-care because of Walmart. When will it end?

New Muncie curfew to hold parents responsible WTHR

Muncie isn’t a large town, but its a college town with plenty of mischief to be caused. For the youth of the city that isn’t yet in college a new law will make parents know a little more about what their children are doing. I know that if I was faced with a fine of up to $2,500 I would know exactly where my child was and when he was in the house. Exceptions have been made to allow for school and religious events. But I think it’s about time that cities got more strict about parents being responsible for their children.

Blogger thinks of starting new category Here

I think I’ll call it “Get off my lawn.” After the supposed stereotype of old men who yell at those “damn kids” to get off my lawn. My soapbox if you will… Any thoughts?

Closing Snippets
Apple unveils new iPod Nano, drops price on Shuffle

Isn’t this thing dead yet, the shuffle is so low-tech.

Alabama church fires

Find them and hang them

Coretta Scott King Funeral

A bit overdone, but she was worth it

Google to pay Dell $1B to put software on new machines

Stop putting extra crap on my computer!