Ice Ice Baby – Stop! Collaborate and Listen!

Anything broken around your house? Something that has been in disrepair for awhile, but you’ve learned to live with it?
Here at True North FFC headquarters it is the Ice Maker. It be busted! 
Our freezer’s ice maker went out last summer and in the blink of an eye, here it is spring-time and it still isn’t fixed.
Anyway, how have we survived without this vital piece of equipment? We go Old School.
Three wonderfully bright blue hunks of plastic have helped us keep our drinks cool. They are an almost forgotten invention called Ice Cube Trays… or something like that 🙂
Well here is the point of today’s blog: Have you filled up an Ice Cube Tray lately?
I have been for several months now, and I learned something about this seemingly simple task.
A slow and steady stream works best for proper fillage.
Ideally, each little cubie-cup has been leveled to a uniform amount all the way up and down both rows.
Now, how do you think a “get-it-dun” and “get-on-with-life” guy like me was trying to speed up this process?
More Water! Oh Yeah! Kick on the faucet full-blast and let’s rock…
Uh… except that doesn’t work. Most of the H2O hits the cups fast, shoots up and over the edge… then down the drain!
Well just like filling up an ice cube tray, Money works best for us when it comes in a steady predictable stream and we carefully plan where to put it. Is that how life usually send us our money? Sometimes, sure. 
A salary job or regular paycheck can work like that. We should have our budgeted cubie-cups ready to catch a certain amount every month. 
But what if money comes in spurts or rushing in? We all want to win the lottery, but what about more realistic chunks of change?
How do we handle a $1500 Tax Return? What about selling a toy or extra vehicle on craigslist for a couple thousand? Or maybe an inheritance? What happens when the money faucet turns on and we try to handle a bunch of dollars at once? 
Most of us would love to have that problem, right?
Well truthfully, without proper planning, most of that extra money will end up down the drain!
Maybe we should catch that extra cash in a big savings account bucket, then slowly and methodically plan out our new financial situation.
Have you ever made a foolish purchase with that tax return money, when you still owe on your car or credit cards? I sure have. That was back when I was wasn’t living on a plan and wasn’t getting anywhere financially.
Put those days behind you too by slowing down and looking at where your income is going. I hope you start to find excitement in saving those dollars and planning for your financial future, instead of letting it drain away. This is exactly what the wealthy people in the world do. And by switching that pattern, you become one of them too.

Someday, when I feel I’ve saved enough, I may spring for a new ice-maker… for now though, I’m getting pretty good at filling the trays!

Have a GREAT Weekend!


Aaron Nichols
True North Financial Fitness Coaching

Got a leaky Wallet? Bulging budget or none at all? Dilapidated Debt that you’re sick of living with?  You are losing hard earned dollars every month! Let me show you how to spackle the cracks and firm up your financial foundation. DIY or using my professional services, either way, the best time to fix your finances is Now!

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