Christmas is around the corner, and with Black Friday behind us you might need to up your game if you’re not done with your list. But before you rush to the store or add something to your cart online, now’s the perfect time to think about some of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid this season.
Don’t you love getting a deal on things? Several years ago, I didn’t think twice about paying full price for most of the things I bought each week. Now that I’ve learned about the deals you can get from coupons and simple negotiation tips, paying full price for most items doesn’t make sense!
In my high school years, I gave up sports for a different activity – Bible Quiz. For those who have never heard of Bible Quiz, it’s an activity in the AG churches that brings together youth to quiz them on different books of the Bible each year. Yes, it sounds dorky, but we ended up memorizing over 2,000 verses that sharpened our minds and strengthened our faith!
The Bible doesn’t limit fasting only to food and drinks. Anything that can be given up temporarily so that we can focus our full attention on God can be viewed as a fast.
Spending must be a conscious activity What do I mean by that? Have you ever said the following at the end of the week or month: “Where on earth did my money go?” I know that I’ve said that! The idea behind conscious spending is to break the habit of spending whenever you ‘feel’ like […]
What if there was a scale that you could use to classify your financial personality?
When borrowing money for college, students have two different types of federal student loans that they can access: subsidized and unsubsidized. What are the differences between these two types of loans? Which type of loan is more attractive for students?
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains an aspect of the Christian faith by comparing it to receiving and giving a gift.
How many of you would agree with this statement: I like to give people gifts, but figuring out the right gift is tough. Every time a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas comes around, I find myself scrambling to figure out which gift is best for each person. The last thing I want to do is give a gift that ends up in the closet unused or still in the package next year.
It’s fascinating to read the parables of Jesus because there always seems to be something new that comes from it. That’s how I feel about the parable of the sower.
I remember signing up to play the saxophone in band almost over a decade ago. I could hardly wait to start! I loved the idea of playing the saxophone so much that I wrote it down for choice #1 and #2 – the director got a kick out of that and said that I’d get one of the coveted sax chairs.
Getting out of debt can be tough, but these principles can help you get through it much easier.
In today’s job market, it can be hard for a teenager to find a job. I remember looking for jobs when I was 15 – they were hard to come by! Don’t let the idea of not having a car keep you from finding work. If you’re willing to work, you can find something that’s worth your time.
Many people don’t really enjoy thinking about their impending passing from this earth, which means that questions about wills, trusts, and estate distribution can be disconcerting. Still, it’s smart to consider what will happen to your estate and your sentimental belongings at your passing.
You’ve probably heard of “the 80/20 rule.” The technical term for this common phrase is called the Pareto principle, named after . . . you guessed it, a man named Pareto . . . .
If you want a Bible, you can get a copy for free! Here are 10 places that you can find a free Bible.
It’s best to set in stone some core financial principles sooner rather than later. Here are some fundamental truths you should always keep in mind.
There was one thing that always caught my attention – the offering amount section in the church bulletin. Maybe it was because I was always interested in finances, who knows?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been thankful that we’ve had an emergency fund. You never know when something expensive will happen, and having a few months of expenses saved up has really alleviated the stress that comes with those unexpected emergencies.
A while back I wrote about getting pet health insurance, and how it was an extra expense that we probably won’t be adding soon. Since then, I’ve quickly realized that the total cost of owing a pet is worth its own post, so take a look at all the expenses we’ve occurred since having a pet.