How an Emergency Fund Can Save Your Finances

Are you prepared for a financial emergency? It’s not a matter of if you’ll experience a financial emergency, but when. They happen all the time and range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. So that brings us to the next question. How much money do have saved up for emergencies? In January, […]

Take the Stress Out of Christmas Shopping!

Start Saving Money Now! The holidays can become a really expensive stressful time if we let them. I believe a good game plan to save money is a huge factor to minimize the stress. Then once you save the money, sticking to the budget is a whole new challenge. Before the holidays hit, let’s navigate […]

Starting a Hobby Doesn’t Have to be Crazy Expensive

Cheap Hobbies

Dungeons & Dragons: The Ultimate Cheap Hobby This summer I started a new hobby. Warning, it’s EXTREMELY NERDY!!! I got a small group of friends together and began playing Dungeons & Dragons! We’ve only had a couple sessions so far, but it’s an absolute blast! Before you decide this post is too nerdy, let me […]

Can You Stop Going Out to Eat for 30 Days?

One of the cornerstone pieces of Jenna and me paying off $73,000 of student loans in less than 4 years came from a single decision. We chose to trust Jesus when He asked us to stop going out to eat. It sounded crazy, radical, and downright impossible. But we said yes, and it’s been life […]

Can You Buy Organic Food on a Budget?

Organic Grapes Budgeting

Every time I wander through the grocery store with our grocery list in hand, I am bombarded by signs for organic food. And holy cow, it’s expensive! It makes me wonder, is organic food worth it? Is it possible to buy organic food in a budget? The Benefits of Organic Food There are several benefits […]

What the Tortoise and Hare Taught Me About Money

Tortoise and Hare Money Lessons

We are all familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is a long shot to win the race because he’s soooo slow, while the hare is the easy favorite with his quickness and speed. When the whistle blows, the hare sprints out of the gates and gets a huge lead […]

How to Make Your Budget Freeing, Not Restrictive

Budgets Provide Freedom

I think it is a common misconception that budgets are restrictive and limit how you can spend your money. In fact, I believe the opposite is true. A budget can open up new opportunities and freedom in your finances. That has been our experience. Yes, at times it has really sucked and we did feel […]

A Few Tricks to Keep Your Budget Cool This Summer

Save Money in the Summer

Summer is my favorite season of the year! It is full of adventures at the beach, hiking, playing golf, grilling, and camping. Oh, and if you’re in your 20s, don’t forget about all the weddings you will get invited to or asked to be in. Summer is time to let loose a little more, get […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Food Budget

Everyone needs to eat, but what you buy and where you buy it has a huge impact on your food budget. And maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the prices of food are always going up and our dollars just don’t stretch as far as they used to. It might not actually be […]