Relationships and Money

Why Talking About Money is the Best Medicine for Your Relationship

Can you guess the two biggest pain points in just about every relationship? Most couples biggest pain points are money and sex. Since this is a personal finance blog, you probably want to hear about money. 😉 Think about your relationship. If you’re single, think back to a past relationship. What do you and your partner argue about the most? Where does money rank on that list? I’m willing to bet it’s toward the top. What if there was a way to minimize the stress caused by money? The good […]

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Welcome Mat

Why We Let a Stranger Move in With Us

Life is funny sometimes. We have been trucking along crushing our student loan debt, and after 4 years we are within a month of finally being debt free! We have been looking forward to this moment for so long and worked so hard, giving up our weekends and some weeknights at 2nd and sometimes 3rd jobs. It has been ridiculously hard, I’m not going to try to sugar coat it, but right now the hard work feels like nothing compared to the joy of a huge accomplishment and freedom in […]

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Tithe to Honor Jesus in Finances

How to Honor Jesus with Your Finances

Last year I wrote a post about tithing, and it was by far one of the most popular posts on my blog. Plus, with Easter last weekend, it is a pretty fitting time to bring the topic back around. In the Bible, God asks all who follow Him to give back to him the first 10% of everything we have. That is the basic definition of a tithe. If this is a new idea for you, whether you actively follow Jesus or not, tithing can have a powerful impact on […]

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Build Trusting Intimate Marriage with Finances

One Secret to Financial Success and Building a More Trusting, Intimate Marriage

A great way to come together in budgeting is to combine your finances with your spouse and make all of your money decisions as a team. When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we made the decision to combine all of our finances, giving equal access to all of our bank accounts. I believe this is one of the biggest reasons we are so successful with our money. Not only have we had financial success, but we have seen many other advantages in our marriage, so for us, […]

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Tithe Church Giving

Why We Tithe

The first time I heard the word tithe I was twenty four years old. I was just out of college and was at a business convention in Dallas. I was attending a morning church service, led by several speakers at the conference and I knew none of them had a background in ministry or theology. Even so, several speakers mentioned that it was each of our duties, as followers of Jesus, to give 10% of our income, or tithe, to the church. Why Should I Give Away My Money?  I […]

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Debt Free Living Alaska Hike

Why We Stopped Going Out to Eat

I have been actively following Jesus for about six years, and Jenna for much longer. As followers of Jesus, we want to worship God with every part of our lives, including our finances and how we spend our money. We have found that when we say “yes” to what Jesus asks us to do, He does amazing things in our lives. One Decision Change Our Lives A few years ago, Jenna revealed to me that she felt Jesus telling her that she would be debt free in five years. I […]

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