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Opinions on Starting a DA Meeting?

January 13th, 2011 at 04:15 am

Day 10 of writing it all down and following my spending plan. Yeah!! Yesterday I bought gas and the friend I went to lunch with insisted she pay for my lunch for my birthday...now I feel indebted to her and would rather have paid my own tab, but that's another story.

Another friend and I are thinking about starting a Debtors Anonymous meeting. I am really not much of a debtor, probably due to our higher income, but I certainly have had a spending problem at times in the past. Does anyone here have experience with the DA program? If so, do you think it's helpful?

9 Responses to “Opinions on Starting a DA Meeting?”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Sorry, no experience with DA.

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I have a friend who treats me to lunch on my birthday, and I treat her to lunch on hers.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Have you been participating in their online site? There used to be a blogger here who was a high income, high spender, (also had what -for me- would be phenomenal savings) who seemed to have gotten lots of backbone and organization against her undesired traits from Debtors Anonymous. I had the impression that she just used the online site.... Don't have any idea if it could be better in person, sorry.

  4. SavingsQueen Says:

    Thanks Joan of the Arch, I don't really think my problem is not knowing what to do, as I do know what I should be doing and do it some of the time. I will check out their on line site!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Do you have many friends who would want to join your DA? So many of our friends would never admit they have money issues yet they sit around and complain about not having enough money.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    And, happy birthday!

  7. SavingsQueen Says:

    Rob, You are so right about that! Money is so hush hush...no one hardly EVER talks about it. I only have the one friend who wants to do it and she knows someone who used to do it and wants to start again. I think DA is really for people who have a compulsion to spend money. Basically, you do much of what we do here. In DA they write down what they spend each day and live on a spending plan. The only difference is you meet with the group once a week to become accountable. By the way, I did go to a phone meeting this morning which was on the DA site. It was VERY interesting and a great reminder to stay financially sane. Thanks for the bday wishes!

  8. -Jerry- Says:

    Ha! DA made me think of "Dumbledore's Army," because I am kind of a nerd. Smile The OP is right, money is nearly as hushed up as talking about someone's sexual proclivities, and it leads to people getting into deep debt and not knowing how to manage it properly. I know a number of people living in huge houses with beautiful cars who don't own a thing, and they have no insurance of ever making financial progress... it is all about keeping up with their neighbors and not about actual progression.

  9. SavingsQueen Says:

    Jerry, You are so right! That keeping up with the Jones is killing so many people! Fortunately, although we do have a nice looking lifestyle, we were also kind of frugal in that we paid off our house and were satisfied rather than going out and getting another mortgage and getting a more impressive house. I am sure most of our friends have whopping mortgages and lots of credit card debt and I feel lucky that we don't. I just need to stop frittering away money and using what we have much more wisely.

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