3 Reasons Why We Kissed Budgeting Goodbye

Yes, I am the author of The Secret to a Successful Budget. Yes, in that book I said, "[the budget is] an essential component of any healthy financial plan." Yes, I also said, "If I had to identify one financial habit that helped us become debt-free, it would be the budget." Yes, I did mention, "For almost seven years now we've kept a budget - even now that we are debt-free. And we still … [Read more...]

Cosigning a Loan | A Chronicle of the Many Dangers

If you are a mean, hard, and calloused individual, you need not read this post about cosigning a loan.  However, if you have a tendency toward niceness and kindness flows within you, then you need to read this post line by line. MSN Money says you should never cosign a loan.  I'm not sure if never is the right word, but it would need to be a really unique situation. The nicer you are, the … [Read more...]

Start a Budget and Open the Door to a Debt Free Life

While I’ve made my fair share of financial mistakes and missteps, by the grace of God, our family has also made a few wise decisions. Right now my wife and I are positioning ourselves to pay off our house in less than 6 months.  We’ve done this while my wife has stayed home (for the last five years), and we’ve lived on less than $50,000 annual household income.  Oh, and we didn’t miss out on of … [Read more...]

Car Loan Payment or Pay Cash For A Car?

When shopping for a new car one of the first questions a dealer will ask you is – what kind of car loan payments are you looking for?  If you answer that question, you just cost yourself thousands of dollars.  Instead, when you buy a pay cash for a new car.  In other words, you should look at total purchase price, not the monthly car loan payment amount. Save Money On Your Car Loan Payment: Buy a … [Read more...]

The Real Truth About Borrowing Money To Buy Cars

In many ways convenience and lack of patience is the enemy of financial prosperity. Loans could be a statement about your selfishness.  A loan says I don’t have the money, but I want this and I want it now. Here are some important facts about car loans: The average American car loan payment is $400 per month. A 48 month used car average interest rate is currently 7.91%. Let’s say you … [Read more...]