Debtors Anonymous in Colorado

Debtors Anonymous in Colorado

12 Steps to Solvency

12 Steps to Insanity

A member found this floating around and thought it worth passing on. Remember just because we have the disease of compulsive debting doesn’t mean we don’t have, and need, a sense of humor.


(P.S. In case there’s any doubt this is NOT official DA literature!)

Twelve Steps to Insanity

  1. We admitted we were powerless over nothing – that we could manage our lives perfectly. We could also perfectly manage the lives of those around us.
  2. Came to believe that there was no power greater than ourselves and that the rest of the world was insane.
  3. Made a decision to have our loved ones turn their wills and lives over to our care even though they couldn’t understand us at all.
  4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of everyone we knew.
  5. Admitted to the whole world the exact nature of everyone else’s wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to make others give us the respect we thought we deserved.
  7. Demanded that others do our will because we were always enlightened.
  8. Made a list of all the persons who had harmed us and became willing to go to any length to get even with them all.
  9. 9. Got direct revenge on such people wherever possible except when to do so would cost us our lives or at least a jail sentence.
  10. 10. Continued to take inventory of others, and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it.
  11. Sought through complaining and self-medication to improve our relations with others as we could not understand them at all, asking only that they do things our way.
  12. Having had a complete physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown as a result of these steps, we tried to blame others and get sympathy in all our affairs.

One Response to 12 Steps to Insanity

  1. . I have often wondered what makes a self-help book relaly helpful. There are several things about this book that I relaly liked.The first is that it is not a book about investments and how to get rich quick. It’s not about depriving yourself either. It relaly doesn’t give any specific financial advice which is why I liked it so much. There are other books for stuff like that.Probably the single most important lesson in this book, and one which has changed my life immensely, is stop borrowing money. Just stop. Do it one day at a time. When I started on my debt repayment plan, I didn’t worry so much about paying off my debt as much as not taking on any new debt. If that sounds simplistic, well it is. That’s the whole point of this book. It’s simple. It’s not easy. If you want to heal, stop the bleeding. People who are in the rat race of juggling credit cards are bleeding cash every month. Stop the bleeding first, and then you start to heal.Another lesson I learned is the monthly spending record. My friends howl when I suggest this. Keep track of every penny, yes every penny, that comes into your life and out of your life. I can say with conviction that that suggestion alone, coupled with not taking on new debt, will make your life so much different, you’ll wonder in amazement. The author suggests keeping a weekly spending record and transferring it to a monthly record. I keep just a monthly record. It takes up very little time. It’s also very eye opening how much money flows right out the expense column every month. The benefit of this is it allows you to make adjustments and find out where you are bleeding. It’s not enough to guess. Until you write down everything, you will never fully understand where your money problems are. You can use a computer spreadsheet or you can do what I do which is write it down on old fashioned paper.Another lesson this book taught me is that you don’t need a credit card. Now there’s a revolutionary concept. If you relaly think about it, how many people in your life including yourself say, I need a credit card for emergencies. Hogwash! I’ve had two genuine emergencies in my life where I needed money and needed it fast. Well guess what? I had two choices, I could pay with a credit card or I could pay with cash. I paid with cash. Funny how many people accept cash as a payment these days. If you want to get out of debt, get out of the credit card habit. Use a debit card. I use my Visa debit card for all my purchases, and it works beautifully. Same as cash.One more thing, if you use credit cards and you pay interest every month, do you realize you’re making the bank rich? Do you realize you’re working for the bank? Whether you like it or not, that’s true. Here’s another lesson. Look over your credit card balances right now and ask yourself out of all the money you owe, how much stuff do you have to show for it?Why do I give this book 5 stars? Well, I can divide my life into two time periods. The first time period was everything that happened up until september 14, 1997 which is the day I bought the book, and everything that has happened since then. I have no credit card debt at all since reading that book. I do have a credit card (okay, I cheat) with a $350 limit only to rebuild my credit. I pay it off every month. One word of caution, reading this book can be frustrating at times because you will come to the full realization that your attitude about money is completely wrong and that you are overwhelmed with debt that will take a long time to pay off. Relax. Once you start paying off your debt, it’s all downhill. It picks up speed as you go along. I know, I’ve done it. Thanks Jerrold Mundis for writing this book. I’ve saved thousands of dollars in interest because of it.


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