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...]

5 Profitable Low Risk Options for Investing a Lump Sum of Cash

After months of attempting to transfer funds from the sale of our house from PNG to the USA, we finally were able to get the first batch of funds transferred into our US bank account.  Since we're currently very content renters, we've decided to delay buying a house.  We may wait four months, or we may wait four years.  We have no idea, and we love the flexibility renting offers. However, now … [Read more...]

Be Aware! Don’t Be Deceived By Calling Your Debt Good

It's time for us to move past the archaic debt designations of good debt and bad debt. Instead, we ought to re-evaluate our debt situations to see if we can find a new paradigm for how we can evaluate the blessedness or burden level of our debt. The most important thing that must happen is we must recognize that debt brings some sort of negative pain or consequences.  It doesn't matter how … [Read more...]

6 Persuasive Reasons Not to Track Your Investments with Financial Software

In preparation for my post on my new favorite budgeting software, I was originally explaining why I no longer want a personal finance software that tracks my investments. The explanation got longer and longer until I finally realized the material need its own post. This post. 6 Reasons Not to Track Your Investments In Your Financial Software There is no value in watching your … [Read more...]

What Your Financial Advisor Won’t Tell You About How to Successfully Reduce Your Nest Egg

The longer I maintain www.moneyhelpforchristians.com, the less money it seems like I'm going to have. From the very first days of this blog, I was open about the fact that I wanted to learn  what the Bible had to say about money (as opposed to assuming that I already knew). I used to have a simple and effective retirement strategy ... and then I had to go reading the Bible.  The result?  I … [Read more...]

Money Saving International Travel Tips | Lessons Learned from Three+ Months of Travel

I was writing a random post about our furlough, and at the very end of the post, I realized that there was a great opportunity for me to share some of the things we did on furlough to save money traveling. However, the suggestions were too many to tack onto the bottom of that post, so I decided to break up my thoughts into an independent post. Money Saving Travel Tips 1. Fly Southwest … [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...]

DIY Rewards Cards: Pay Yourself Back Without Going Into Debt | Guest Post

Today I’m publishing a guest post by Jason Jacobs. Jason Jacobs is a missionary in a web programmer's body. In addition to working on financial fitness, he also spends a lot of time writing about his journey towards physical fitness. You can follow his progress at Finding My Fitness. Many of us are probably trying to get out of credit card debt quickly. We’ve also seen the ads telling us the … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Deal With a Declining US Dollar

In the cover article of the April 2011 issue of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter, Austin Pryor shared stats that indicated that the US Dollar has fallen 14% (when compared to some of the major currencies) since the end of April 2009. You’d think that as a missionary who is paid in US funds I would have already known that, but I guess the PNG Kina hasn’t been hit as hard or I’ve been ignorant … [Read more...]

The Tragedy of Debt

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been convinced that I need to take a stronger stance against debt and offer more resources for people who are in debt.  I feel like I need to point out both the seriousness and ludicrosity (yes, I made up that word) of debt. As I’ve been working on my call for simple living and generous giving (in the form of a book called Transforming Your Financial Diet: 7 Steps … [Read more...]