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...]

Embracing Missional Frugality

Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term missional. Basically, to be missional is to adopt the stance of a missionary in all you do. There’s a lot of buzz right now (at least back when I was able to keep up with the North American buzz) about the concept of churches becoming missional. The call is for churches to do everything with intentionality in order to reach out to those around … [Read more...]

Home Improvement and Repairs | 10 Ways to Save Money

Welcome to Money Saving Monday where we remind ourselves that community is the greatest money saving resource we have. Each month, you’ll have a chance to win one of two $15 Amazon gift cards. Simply leave your tips and suggestions, and if it is a top pick of the month, you’ll get a $15.00 gift card. By the way, with just a handful of comments each day, you’ve got a great opportunity to win … [Read more...]

How To Save Money On Your Home Office

How to Save Money on your Home Office Make your own furniture.  I’ve built all the bookshelves in my office. Buy used furniture at a second hand store or watch for companies going out of business.  A couple of years ago I got two filing cabinets for $15 each when a local Christian bookstore was going out of business. Default your computer to print in draft and black and white. Download a … [Read more...]

How to Buy Cars With Cash

For some folks, the idea of trying to buy cars with cash is a fairy tale.  They think it is a dream that others can enjoy, but they will never enjoy.  However, here are some practical steps you can take to get yourself behind the wheel of a car - not in front of a loans desk at the bank. In a previous post, I showed how much money people can save by paying cash for a car instead of car … [Read more...]

14 Statements of Financial Losers

Personal finances is about learning important lessons regarding wealth building. If, however, one does not learn how to handle their money, the little they have will be of no value.   There are certain common and predictable qualities of those who are continually financially struggling.  To avoid making those mistakes we need to explore the phraseology of financial losers. Isn’t it amazing … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Save Money by Organizing a Frugal Community

The North American culture is extremely individualistic.  Individuals own all of their own items.  If something is missing from a person’s repertoire of ownership they take a trip to Walmart or Target and then become the proud owner of yet another item.  This individualism is not indicative of the world culture.  Many culture groups live in community settings.  Within the community people have … [Read more...]

Retirement Planning for Christians: Part II

Should A Christian Save For Retirement? If you missed Is it Biblical to Save for Retirement? Part I you can read it here. Did Jesus save? Most Bible scholars agree that Jesus probably did not have an IRA or RRSP.  Yet, Jesus did save money.  I define saving as not spending money now so those funds can be used for a future expense. Saving involves discernment.  Savings happens when we say I … [Read more...]

Is it Biblical to Save for Retirement? Part I

In the context of a discussion about retirement, Matt Dabbs asked the question, where do you find the balance? On one extreme, you have people who work so hard to prepare themselves for retirement that they are basically working themselves out of needing to depend on God. On the other side, you have people who do nothing and then might be a burden on their family. Where do you find the balance? … [Read more...]