Car Buying—It’s a Process

Last year our family came to a crossroads about what to do with our beloved minivan. It had been a very reliable, dependable vehicle for us, but was giving us reason to question that reliability when we had to replace the transmission for the second time in only three years. It took me a while […]

Being a Good Steward in a Secular World

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I still seem to get bombarded by temptations to buy this or that. A lot of paraphernalia arrives in the mailbox and I’m pretty good about just recycling what is not of use to us, but every once in a while something slips in there and catches […]

An Ode to My Grandma

In our nine-week Bible Study, Navigating Your Finances God’s Way, we read in 2 Kings 4:1-7 about a widow who is about to lose her two sons to slavery due to her dead husband’s unpaid debts. She seeks the wisdom of Elisha who tells her to gather as many jars as she can from her […]

Making a Snowball

If you have had the privilege of taking our nine-week Bible Study (Navigating Your Finances God’s Way) or attending our “It’s not about the Money” financial seminar, you may have heard of “The Debt Snowball”. During our nine-week sessions, we review this concept to make sure the participants are familiar with it, and it occurred […]

Pantry Essentials

My previous two blogs were all about useful tools for the kitchen. Now, let’s see what we can make with these fun gadgets. A list of items for your pantry will help assure that you have what you need for a wide variety of meals and snacks. One staple I keep in my pantry is […]

Making the Most of Your Small Kitchen Appliances

Last week I mentioned a few handy items I enjoy having in my kitchen in order to ease the preparation of home-cooked meals and snacks. This week I’d like to list a few things I make regularly using these zippy kitchen gadgets in hopes of helping the at-home cook bring down the grocery bill and […]

Dining In: Kitchen Essentials for the Home

Recently, a friend of mine was musing with me about some of my “frugalista” tendencies such as baking my own bread and grinding my own peanut butter.  While she marveled at these endeavors, she shook her head at the idea of ever being able to accomplish them. I assured her that I’m not really that […]

A New Paradigm: Adult Children Living at Home

A while back I wrote about Cheri Frame, an educational consultant who runs a business called “Credits Before College“.  Her goal is to make sure that kids are getting out of college without debt so that they are financially prepared to enter the work force or even go into ministry if they so desire. The […]

The “Sandwich” Generation

We had a post on this blog not too long ago about having a conversation with our parents in regards to planning for the future. It is imperative that we know about their long-term plans, care preferences, and probably the most difficult discussion of all, the funeral arrangements. However, for some of us, the opportunity […]

Cash Back Bonus?

There have been a lot of credit card offers lately offering cash back on certain purchases. For example, 5% cash back when the card is used at a restaurant or 3% cash back at the grocery store. I started thinking about this concept and realized that if I did some digging, I might be able […]