Pay Off Debt Without Earning More, Changing Your Habits, or Spending Less

I hope you opened this article simply because you decided that I've had some type of mental breakdown.  The truth is you can't pay off debt using the method in the title. I was driving around in my car the other day and there was an advertisement for a weight loss pill or drink mix.  The ad promised that you could lose weight without exercising and without eating less. WHAT?! There should … [Read more...]

Shiny Cars, Manicured Lawns, and Broken Hearts – Is this the American Dream?

Only a fool would think it's a beautiful picture. For three weeks during the month of June, my family was in Houston visiting the church that provided the oversight for our work in Alotau, Papua New Guinea.  We spent a lot of time in peoples' homes and enjoyed the blessings of Christian fellowship.  The result was that we ended up driving through a lot of different neighborhoods north of … [Read more...]

Is Credit Card Usage a Sin? Are Credit Cards Unbiblical?

A few months ago, I had a very loving, yet honest, email from a reader who was upset that I promoted credit cards at Help Me Travel Cheap. The main concern was that using a credit card is accumulating debt. The reader assumes that debt equals sin so credit cards must be a sin. I decided not to publicly respond to the concern and had a healthy email dialogue with the kind woman. Over the last … [Read more...]

How I Consistently Get Thousands of Dollars of Free Flights Annually

With all the anti-credit card sentiments out there, I usually try to repress my true feeling about credit cards. Occasionally, I slip and say positive things about credit cards. I think my last positive mention was during the British Airways 100,000 mile promotion. Here's a basic summary of my thoughts on credit cards. If you are organized and disciplined, using credit cards can be anywhere … [Read more...]

The Simplicity and Complexity of Debt

Debt. It's a huge issue facing North American Christians and churches.  It is debt that is choking.  Straining.  And burdening so many people. Debt is consuming resources like money, time, mental energy, and focus.  Those resources ought to be devoted to other more important things.  But they can't because future funds have already been committed to pay for things people couldn't afford … [Read more...]

How To Get Out Of Debt: Channel Your Impulse Buying

One of the most effective methods that we decided upon when figuring out how to get out of debt, was to channel our impulse spending. This has helped us to both get out of debt faster and to develop discipline with our finances. How to Get Out of Debt by Evaluating Expenses In talking with people about their finances, I've found that one of the problems that many people face when trying to … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Maximize Cash, Credit Card, and Debit Card Rewards

Yesterday, Jason was kind enough to write a guest post on how he maximized rewards.  Today, I’ll give my thoughts on the subject and share what I believe are the best methods for maximizing your credit card and debit card rewards. #1 Cash: Reward Potential – Unlimited if it Helps You Stay within Budget You might be thinking that you don’t get any cash back with cash.  Yes, that is true. But for … [Read more...]

What Romans 13:8 Teaches About Financial Debt

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 NIV) This week someone very kindly, politely, and respectfully challenged me to rethink my position on debt and credit cards.  Her belief is that when one uses a credit card (even if it is paid off every month), she is in debt.  Romans 13:8 was one of … [Read more...]

How to Get Your FICO Credit Score Online (Any Free FICO Score Options?)

Confession time.  At this time last year I’d never checked my FICO credit score. About 5-6 months ago I decided that your FICO score matters, and so I signed up for a free account at Credit Karma (at the time I didn’t know that Credit Karma doesn’t even give you your FICO credit score, but other credit scores) to help me monitor what’s happening with my credit.  Before that point, I’d never … [Read more...]

How Good Debt Can Go Bad

Have you heard someone say, “debt is fine as long as it’s ‘good’ debt?”  The idea of good debt is defined as using debt to purchase something that will appreciate in value.  Some view it as a tool that helps you meet your goals faster and more easily.  Here are four common sources of ‘good’ debt and how these debts can actually turn bad. Home Mortgages Paying cash for a home is very difficult, … [Read more...]