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Please check out my latest YouTube Shorts and subscribe. This week I talked about tithing, saving money at restaurants, and much more.
Do whatever it takes to dump debt… but prioritize your family. When I was younger, we were in thousands of dollars of debt. At one time, I worked 2 full-time jobs, ran a paper route, and worked construction on the weekends. I don’t regret becoming debt-free, but I do regret missing a lot of my child’s life to do it. There were 24 things I did to pay off debt. Maybe some of those ideas will help you, but don’t work yourself to death.
The Bible Project is an amazing source. We love it so much that we added them to our monthly giving to help support the project. They create animated videos for each book of the Bible, and they have a series on almost every other important Biblical topic you could imagine. They even have their own reading plan on the Bible App. It’s all free!
2024 is approaching. Make this a year of less. There are 5 key areas in life that we all could reduce and take the “less” mindset. Areas to reduce include finances, information, commitments, stuff (of course), and possibly even people. You can see more of what I mean in this article on reducing in these areas.
Confident Humility by Dan Kent is a book I would’ve loved to write myself. The subtitle, How to Become Your Full Self Without Becoming Full of Yourself, says it all. It’s essentially a book on how to be a productive Christian and I love that concept. It’s different from any other book you’ve read on this topic for sure. It was for me.
From homes and cars to drumsets and 98″ 4K TVs, our children will be making large purchases. They need to come prepared. Even something as simple as teaching children that these large purchases don’t have to be financed would be sufficient. Because many kids think they do. We’ve talked about this recently, but do kids realize they can make car payments to themselves? In an interest-bearing account? Probably not, but this is something they should be taught. It’s a simple concept, but it’s not standard practice. Children should be taught the power of automated savings (and investing for that matter). It’s easy to save $1,200 over a year if you automate $100 a month.
When you get a hotel room there are often a couple bottles of water in the room. Some hotels replace them, but many don’t. I know this seems trivial, but we all need to be drinking much more than a bottle or two a day of water and it’s safe to say most of us drink less water when we travel. But you can almost always get free water to refill your bottles. From the sink? Maybe, but I’m specifically talking about the fitness center. Find the gym in your hotel, head to the water cooler, and refill your bottles there. As a side note, with the sink thing, often in the US and many other countries, tap water is more highly regulated to be clean and safe than bottled water. Just an added thought.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
What are the top 5 most important things in the world to you? Prioritize them 1-5. Does your schedule prove the priority you gave everything?