Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 Lake Oswego Stake Women's Conference--"Something Extraordinary"

We have just completed an EXTRAORDINARY Women's Conference. We rocked the Stake Center with Friday Night Fun and enjoyed sharing the evening with our Young Women and Achievement Day Girls. Close to 200 on the gym floor doing Zumba, from energetic 8 year olds to more "vintage", yet still energetic sisters was quite a sight to behold.

We are gathering the handouts from the workshop instructors and from our Sharing Stations and you will find the first of them in posts below. Please continue to check back...more will be coming.

NEW!!! some of the recipes for those YUMMY soups from our luncheon are now posted.

Meanwhile, a HUGE THANK YOU goes to the army of women whose EXTRAORDINARY efforts made this conference great.

How to Hold onto Your Money!!!! Budget! Budget! Budget!

Women's Conference Class by Linda Inman

Divide and conquer, 3 steps to an easy budget.
1. Future Goals (retirement, college, home repairs)
2. Recurring costs (fixed expenses, tithing, gas, clothes)
3. Day to Day expenses

Take your monthy take home pay, minus your savings and fixed expenses =
your income

How come my spouse and I are always arguing about money?

Should I involve the whole family in budgeting?

Things to remember: Pay a full tithe, save 10 to 20%, keep your debt to income ration under 30%, if you can refinance your mortgage do it, keep discretionary income under 20% of take home income.

Debt: borrow only when it makes sense (like a mortgage), set yourself up to get the lowest rates, tap into home equity sparingly, keep your credit report as clean as possible.

What you can do if you have too much debt: pay more than the minimum paymetn, don't borrow from friends and family, don't use a credit consolidation service that charges upfront or monthly fees, don't use a high interest loan to pay off lower interest debt even if it means just one monthly payment, declare bankruptcy--this can have a severe impact on your future finances.