7 Ways to Kick-Start Your Faltering Budget

Several months ago, I kissed budgeting goodbye. It was a strange move for a guy who wrote a book called The Secret to a Successful Budget. When I talked about why I kissed budgeting goodbye, I mentioned that once we left Papua New Guinea we planned to get back into the habit of budgeting.  Interestingly, that hasn't been as simple as we had imagined.  We've tasted of the forbidden fruit of … [Read more...]

How Important is Your Stuff?

The following is a guest post by Mrs. Ford.  She is a regular contributor at Help Me Travel Cheap.  She is a hardworking mother of three and a person with a heart of gold.  By the way, she is also my wife. Before we moved to Papua New Guinea nearly 5 years ago, we had to take a major inventory of our stuff.  Since the cost of shipping things here is outrageous, we sold the majority of our … [Read more...]

Introducing the PNG Small Business Start Up Loan Program

Update: This program no longer exists. Each of us should passionately pursue ways to use our money for the glorification of the kingdom of God. In 2010, my wife and I challenged each other to get involved in a giving project that involved time and not just money.  Since our family was in a position to give more last year, we decided to do something to try and help some local Christians here … [Read more...]

12 month 7.75% Certificate of Deposit (CD)

When searching for CD rates we are often concerned about one thing – the best rate.  Certificates of Deposits (CD) can play an important role in a person’s financial portfolio.  In today’s post I simply want to pass along some interesting (I hope) statistics from my home bank – Bank South Pacific, located in Papua New Guinea.  While CD rates in the States are pathetically low, there are locations … [Read more...]

Solution to Poverty? Is it Money?

For the last three years I have been living in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  Here are some quick facts to familiarize you with the economic condition there.  The remainder of this post focuses specifically on issues of the poor related to third world countries like PNG. 85% of PNG citizens are sustenance farmers.  This means they live off of what they grow in their gardens. The majority of homes … [Read more...]