- People respect what is inspected.
- The importance of writing things down.
- It makes you accountable to yourself and your family. As in my above example, if I spend money that is not written in the budget, I must explain that decision to my wife at the end of each month.
- It makes it official. Before you write something down, it is just an idea. It has no backbone. Once you put it on a piece of paper, it is a written goal. This makes it much easier to adhere to the plan.
- The importance of tithes and offerings.
This class, using Biblically based principals reinforced the importance to listen to God’s Word, and to give your tithes and offerings FIRST. It is all God’s money, and we are called to be good stewards of the money He has given us. God does not want our ‘leftovers’. He wants us to give happily our first fruits.
- Communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage.
I have heard this one my whole life. This is common sense. However, SUCCESS is defined as the uncommon application of common sense. This class allowed the lines of communication to be opened on a new level first financially. My wife and I have always “talked” about money, married couples really have no choice but to “talk” about money. Too often in marriage the talking ends up being louder than “talking” should be. FPU allowed us to talk about money in a new way, which we hadn’t done in the past. We talked much more about how we wanted to spend our money in the future. This included college money for our kids, vacations, retirement, amongst other things.
- The importance of staying gazelle intense.
This phrase comes from when a predator is chasing a gazelle in an effort to bring home some dinner. It is important for the gazelle to focus on getting away from that predator. Just like that gazelle it is important for us to stay focused on getting away from debt. If you let your guard down for just an instant it could cost you your financial life.