It's Time To Take Control of Your Finances


It’s Time to Take Control of Your Finances – 041


In episode 41, we start a new challenge and this month it’s time to take control of your finances. Jenny and I will be using the Mint app to monitor our spending and we will get serious about creating a budget. I hope that you’ll play along with us.

I’m diggin’  dairy-free ‘cheeze’ cake Jenny’s diggin’ the Netflix TV Show Russian Doll. 

Jenny’s win is about changing her car’s tires and my learn is related to the powerful teacher known as pain.  


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


1:33: Jenny and I introduce our new challenge which is related to taking control of our finances.  We will start by using the strategy of monitoring and then get more serious by adding in a budget.  

7:02: Book Report:  We introduce the book that we will be reading and discussing later this month. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey has been an important book for John and I as we have worked on sorting out our finances and I hope you get something amazing from it as well.

11:30: Who Are You Anyway?:  This week’s question is: Do you use a budget?

17:26: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  I’m diggin’ dairy-free cashew cheeze cake and Jenny’s diggin’ the TV show Russian Doll.

21:48: You Win or You Learn: Jenny’s win is about her car’s tires and my learn is related to the powerful teacher called pain.

25:36: We wrap it up for this week. Next week we will check in to see how Jenny and I are doing as we monitor our finances and get back on track with budgeting.  We hope that you’ll play along!    


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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App:  Mint

Book: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey


IG account: Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter)

Book: Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze


Recipe:  Dairy-Free Cashew Cheeze cake

TV Show: Russian Doll


Key Quotes:


  A few years ago, John and I were struggling to get our financial house in order and we realized that both of us grew up with scripting around money that wasn’t the most productive and it was manifesting in our finances. A patient of mine told me about how The Total Money Makeover changed her life and so I got a copy of it and John and I read it together and followed the steps.  John and I rarely have conflict.  We don’t argue. We get along. We have the same values and the same views on things but this…this created conflict as we sorted out our emotions based on past scripting and experiences around money. It took a lot of intense effort but we got through it, we set up a budget, we made big changes and we had a break-through.  We were dedicated to making the change and something amazing happened after we read this book. This book was an important one for us which is why I think it would be a good one to share with our listeners. – Peggy while describing this month’s book, The Total Money Makeover.


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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures. Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,

  Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny