Financial Secrets

Financial secrets are often the cause of marital strife. Oftentimes, these secrets lead to divorce. In order to have a healthy marriage, couples need to have an honest open discussion about their finances before they get married. After they’re married, they cannot keep financial secrets from one another. During the dating stage, you are getting…

Are you a slave?

What a question, right? Of course if you are a United States citizen, you are a free person. Or are you really? Are you a slave? If you have debt, then you are a slave. You are slave to your lender. Proverbs 22:7-The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of…

Dreams vs. Goals

Are your goals only dreams? How do you tell the dreams vs. goals? The main difference between a dream and a goal is that a goal has a set date for achieving the goal. A dream, on the other hand, does not have a specific date for achieving. You can dream about being debt-free. You…

Why do we shop?

What a stupid question you might have said when you read, “Why do we shop?” I know that we very often shop because we need food, clothing, or other items. However, I am not referring to shopping for necessities. I am referring to shopping for our wants and desires. Oftentimes, we are shopping for our…

Newlyweds and money

Newlyweds have a great opportunity to start their financial married life on the right foot, provided they learn God’s way of handling money. When you first get married, you have hopes and dreams of your future together. Each person brings into the marriage their assets and their liabilities. Let’s say that both individuals combined have…

Out-of-whack

Are you budget percentages out-of-whack? Do your expenses look something like this: Expenses  % Credit cards 44% Housing 28% Food 15% Utilities 15% Transportation 15% Other 10% 127% When in fact they should look like this: Category  Recommended % Tithe & Charitable Gifts 10-15% Savings 5-10% Housing 25-35% Utilities 5-10% Food 5-15% Transportation 10-15% Clothing…

Tracking Your Expenses

As I counsel people in becoming debt-free and in teaching them how to handle money the way God intended, I’m often met with resistance when it comes to tracking your expenses. People do not want to take the few extra seconds it takes to write-down what they just purchased or the bill they paid. To…