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A Blank Screen

Even though I don't get to spend much time writing anymore, it's still one of the hats that I get to wear. There's something exhilarating about having a blank screen in front of you and being responsible for putting something useful on it.

But, I'd be dishonest it I didn't also say that there's something a little terrifying about it. Here you are alone with your thoughts at the keyboard. What if you get a case of writer's block? What if you don't have anything valuable to put into words?

I think that facing a new year puts us all in a similar spot. No, it's not a completely blank slate. You still have last years' debts or savings. And, your boss probably won't become suddenly nice at the stroke of midnight (although that WOULD be a Cinderella story!).

But you do have an opportunity to say what you want 2010 to be for you. Your future has not been predetermined. Think of it as having a blank screen to write on. What would you want to write on this new year? Something personal? Something financial? Something relating to your spouse or children?

One other thing about writing. Generally you have to revise what you've written. Change a word or two. Maybe add or drop an idea. Done well each change brings you closer to the finished product you want.

The same is probably true of our blank screen for 2010. We'll probably will want or need to make some improvements as we go along. Changes that will move us towards the ending we want.

So don't hesitate to write on the new year. In fact, I'd encourage you to do so. My hope is that whatever you do write on 2010 will bring happiness to you and to your loved ones.

Keep on Stretchin' those Dollars!




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About Gary

For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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Gary is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who edits The Dollar Stretcher website <www.stretcher.com> and newsletters. You can follow Gary on Twitter.com/gary_foreman
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