Do you and your partner talk about money? Talking about money transforms your relationship. Real Relationships Need Real Conversations About Things that Matter, and that includes money. Be open, honest, and ask the hard questions that really matter.

Why Talking About Money is the Best Medicine for Your Relationship

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. 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 […]

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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

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. How much do you spend dining out each month? If you don’t track it with a budget, chances are it’s a lot more than you think. In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average American household spent $3,008 a year dining out. Where do you stack up? If you’re not sure how much you spend, now […]

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