20 Great Inexpensive Date Night Ideas

When the budget gets tight, one of the first things to go is “date nights”. The cost of going out to a restaurant, seeing a movie, and paying a babysitter can add up!

We’re here to tell you that date nights shouldn’t be sacrificed. With these creative ideas, you might even be able to stay home and have a fun night together after your kids are in bed.

Dating your spouse is an important part of your relationship, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice that simply because you are on a budget.

Take a look at our roundup of 20 great ideas for date night:

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What are your favorite things to do for date night?

For even more date night ideas visit our Pinterest board Make Your Own Date Night

Overcoming Money Mistakes

When I write all of these posts, I can’t help but sit back and think at times, “I can’t even follow some of these things myself”! Today I just wanted to give you some encouragement if you feel like you keep “falling off the wagon” … or spending without planning on it.

I realize the principles of budgeting and saving can be very hard to follow at first … and in time … they do actually get easier. But the fact of the matter is, it’s never that easy to say “no” to yourself when you really want something.

You see that adorable pair of shoes in the store (that are even on sale!) and all you want to do is bring them home with you! Or you are walking through the grocery store, really craving your favorite snack, and you can’t help but sneak it in your cart.

Trust me, I know the feeling. And before you know it, you are just drowning in shame with the fact that you just couldn’t hold yourself back.

I would say most people regret purchases very often. They may not say it out loud, but when you are staring at that new vase you got a few years ago that is accumulating dust and doesn’t match anything in your house, the guilt can start to set in.

So I guess the question is…how do you get back on the wagon?

How do you get back on track, when everything inside you is screaming “You’re a failure! You can’t save money!” Well, there are a few things you must keep in mind through the process of saving and budgeting…

# 1 It’s Never Too Late to Start Reaching for Your Goals

So what if you messed up for a few days now, or years! It’s not the end of the world, and even though you may be facing some serious debt, only good can come out of this from here. Keep your eyes focused on the future goal, and know that there is never a financial situation too hopeless. You can always start today on saving for your future.

#2 If You Truly Regret It, Return It

The other day I went shopping and was determined to find a striped pull-over hoodie (I know, don’t ask why!)…and the only one I could find was in the men’s section! So of course, as stubborn as I am, I bought it! Only to come home and totally regret my purchase. The most simple solution here is to return it. I know it can be a little embarrassing, out of the way, and just plain annoying, but I think in those kind of situations, you will feel a lot better if you do return it! So do it! You will find that even “large” purchases have a return window. Ever heard of buyer’s remorse? It’s a very real thing!

#3 See the Good in Yourself

There will always be categories in our budget that we struggle with. For me, it’s always the food and grocery section of the budget. Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I always seem to fail in this way. Either I go WAY over what I wanted to spend, or just a little bit over every week. But every time I look at our budget, I feel dejected and sad. What I suggest to other women out there who are feeling these same feelings is that you just need to see the good in yourself and not focus on the bad. Sure, I struggle with the grocery side of things, but when it comes to miscellaneous spending like a t-shirt I saw at my favorite store, I can usually hold back. Look at your budget on a holistic level, and make the most of every opportunity to learn what you need to work on, and what you already excel in!

Got any stories on how you’ve fallen off the wagon? I’m sure we can all relate! Leave us a comment below, we would love to help you get through your specific struggle. We can all improve in different ways, and I think that is the beauty of God’s work in us, we are constantly growing!

By: Erika from Faithful with Finances

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Meet the founders of Faithful with Finances:
Tony Amaradio and his wife Carin. 

Your Goal for 2015 : Savor Life

 

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Your new resolution to keep for 2015:

“In 2015, I resolve to buy less, waste less, want less, and live more. I will love more, laugh more, give more, ask more, share more. In 2015, I will savor life.”

We think this is a pretty good resolution! What about you?

– Faithful with Finances

Meet the founders of Faithful with Finances : Tony Amaradio and his wife Carin Amaradio. 

There’s An App For That!

Need help sticking to your resolutions? Look no further! The Huffman Post lays out some great apps that will keep you on track – not only financially, but even with healthy eating! Before you know it, you will be on your way to implementing real and lasting changes that will help you every single day this year.

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Alright people, now that the hub-bub of the holidays are over (and it’s a Monday, and we all know diets can’t start on any other day of the week) we can officially start working on our New Year’s Resolutions!

It seems like the toughest part of keeping a resolution past February is lack of accountability. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard (or said):  “Well, I would go to the gym/save money/eat healthier, but I don’t have anyone to go with me/know where to start/have motivation.”

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! And by “that” I mean all of your excuses-ha!

Sparkpeople

Used For: Weight Loss, Healthy Living

Price in App Store: Free

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This is one of my FAVORITE apps! I’ve been using this site for over 5 years now. It’s similar to MyFitnessPal (which I’ve also used) but SO much more user-friendly. You can track your calories…

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The Simplified Budget

Sometimes all you need to get started is a simple push in the right direction … which is why we’ve created a free resource called “The Simplified Budget”.

This worksheet will give you pre-set categories to help you easily fill in the blanks with your own personal budget.

If you need to add or change any category – feel free to do so! The first step towards creating a better budget is simply knowing  the facts – what is coming in, and what is going out … and this worksheet will help you do that!

If you have any questions or need help with the download, please feel free to email us at info@faithfulwithfinances.org.

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Get Your Free Download Here

– Faithful with Finances

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up

 

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What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Memorable times, your quirky family, and that huge turkey just waiting for all of you to DIG IN!

Whether you are hosting or attending – one thing is for sure … it can be expensive to feed ALL those people!

The truth is that many families struggle during this time of year. They are expected to put on a BIG feast – and that ends up costing them a hefty amount of money to do.

We thought it would be fun to round up the best, most budget-friendly recipes that will give you not only a fun holiday with your family, but one you won’t be left regretting!

Feel free to make one of these budget-savers this Thanksgiving … we guarantee no one will even know the difference!

Apple Pie Bites

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These lovely little bites involve crescent rolls and slices of apples, along with a few staples you already have in your pantry. The perfect dessert solution to keep your wallet at bay!

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

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The key to saving during Thanksgiving can simply mean “buying around sales”. If you know you will make a sweet potato casserole – be on the lookout for sales on sweet potatoes and pecans. Fortunately, this recipe calls for marshmallows – a very inexpensive ingredient any time of the year!

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With only 5 ingredients (one being salt & pepper!) this recipe is a total winner. You can count on this recipe stealing the show with it’s high ratings and delicious flavors …

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

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This may be similar in cost to your typical mashed potato recipe – but it will be a huge time and sanity saver! If you are the one hosting Thanksgiving, you will definitely appreciate this recipe.

Cheesy Pull Apart Rolls

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Sometimes it’s fun to add a slight spin on the old classics! In comes this recipe … a wonderful twist on classic rolls. With only a few ingredients, they are also shining stars in the budget category.

We hope you enjoyed this recipe round up!! Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite!

– Erika from Faithful with Finances

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Black Friday Dos And Don’ts

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With Black Friday right around the corner, it’s great to equip yourself with some good tips and tricks! Here are some awesome ways to save …

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With Black friday nine nights away, customers are critically evaluating budgets and their holiday shopping lists while perusing programs and the advertisements because of their favorite shops.

1. Cash doesn’t Equal Love. In case you are striving to decrease expenses, or can not locate the loss leader, the finest presents are seldom the ones you purchase at the shopping center, but presents of love, expertise, ability and time. This might incorporate a playlist or a special scrap-book, or a thing you prepare paint or craft. Presents of love plus time that are significant and private will be far more memorable, thus do not shun guarantee coupons for a home cooked meal nights baby sitting oil-change,, garage-cleanup, or doing taxes.

2. Buddy Your chosen Retailers. Many retailers are providing special deals on FB and Twitter. It is advisable to incorporate your preferred shops for your friend listing (at least for for…

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Kick Your Bad Habits and Make New Ones

Kick Your Bad Habits

What makes a bad habit?

Something you’ve been doing for years that only makes your situation worse.

A good habit may be hard to develop at first, but changing what you already do now will make life much easier in the long run. Consider what you might be doing right now that causes hardships on you financially. Are you a spender? Are you late on payments? Do you keep your documents organized? There are so many little things we can do to get ourselves on a better path financially, so let’s take a look at some ideas on how to fix our bad habits.

Here are some examples of things you might need to work through:

  1. Putting expenses on your credit card and not paying them off at the end of the month
  2. Assuming you’re too young or too old to start investing for the future
  3. Having debt left to pay off, other than student loans or mortgage
  4. Keeping all of your money in a checking account
  5. Impulse shopping- failing to learn to buy what you actually need
  6. Waiting to start your financial planning until after you’re married
  7. Only focusing on yourself without doing any charitable giving
  8. Not having a firm grasp on your budget, knowing when to save
  9. Not saving a set amount automatically out of every paycheck
  10. Ignoring coupons
  11. Living beyond your means

Many people go through the fear of facing their habits and not knowing whether they can change. The good news is, we have the victory in Christ to change, and God is doing a new work in us! Romans 12:2 states this clearly, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

He does not want us to spend time in our old habits, because this distracts us from truly working hard to become stewards of His resources.

So what do we do now? How do we change our habits that we’ve developed for years? The first tip is to pick just one. Don’t tackle on all of them just yet, but instead, pick one habit that really hinders your stewardship, and work on it for 30 days. Set your mind to it, and after 30 days, you will see the fruit of your labor. Whether it be at a certain time of day, or as a trigger from something else, purpose in your heart to lean on the Lord and not your own way of doing things.

Here are some good habits to look towards and to replace your bad habits:

  1. De-cluttering  & Organizing your financial papers
  2. Saving up for a purchase (avoiding credit)
  3. Using a 30-day list for all non-essential purchases-(When you desire something, don’t purchase it immediately, put it on a list and look at it 30 days later to see if you really need it.)
  4. Pay your bills right when you get them
  5. Take 20 minutes a week to update your budget
  6. Search through the 2,000 verses that speak on money/possessions
  7. Use an envelope system (only cash)
  8. Find accountability in a friend

Remember, practice makes perfect, and the Lord loves to see His children honoring Him in their everyday lives.  Think about what you might need to change, consider that the Lord needs to be your rock and security, not your finances.

Do you have a bad habit you want to kick? Share it below!

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Lentils and Spanish Rice

In need of a healthy budget-friendly recipe? Look no further! We love this awesome lentil and spanish rice dish from “The Collection: Broadening My World”. This would be a great possibility for a meatless-Monday dinner, or any dinner of the week, and will save your grocery bill MAJOR bucks! Do you have a go-to inexpensive recipe? Share with us below!

 

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Trying to find new meals for dinner is difficult. Then trying to think of new meals to make on a budget that are vegetarian can become even trickier. This lentils and spanish rice recipe is a healthy vegetarian recipe on a budget. I felt pretty accomplished when I came up with the idea personally. I found a recipe on Pinterest that I adapted to create this meal.

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Ingredients:

Yields 6 Servings

  • 1 cup of Instant Brown Rice
  • 1 cup of Lentils
  • 3/4 cup of onion
  • 3/4 of a Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper (If you like your food mild only add 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 (10 ounce) Can of Rotel Mexican Festival Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Package of Romaine Hearts
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

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Do You Consider Yourself a Steward?

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Believe it or not, if you are a Christian … you are called to be a steward.

You may have never realized until now that this is the job you were called to, but God takes great delight in making you a steward of His resources, and He is waiting for you to become faithful with what He has blessed you with.

Charles Spurgeon puts it this way …

“Every child of God is where God has placed him for some purpose, and the practical use of this first point is to lead you to inquire for what practical purpose has God placed each one of you where you now are? You have been wishing for another position where you could do something for Jesus: do not wish anything of the kind, but serve him where you are. If you are sitting at the King’s gate there is something for you to do there, and if you were on the queen’s throne, there would be something for you to do there; do not ask either to be gatekeeper or queen, but whichever you are, serve God therein. Brother, are you rich? God has made you a steward, take care that you are a good steward.”

If you have ever spent your days wishing or hoping for a different position in life – it’s time to stop!

God has placed you EXACTLY where you are for a reason … and He wants you to be a steward in that position.

What does this look like if you’re a stay at home mom? Or a cubical worker? Or a garbage collector?

All occupations, all callings, all lives can be lived for the glory of God – no matter where you are or what you do.

Here are 3 Ways to Become a Better Steward Today:

  1. Look for Opportunities to Share the Gospel

We are stewards of the great message that Christ has given us – the gospel! Because you have been entrusted with this, don’t be afraid to share it. Take special care of that message and reach souls for Christ when you get those opportunities.

  1. Live Your Life Out In Front of Others with GREAT Stewardship

Do you take care of the little things? The big things? People will notice. Let the words of your mouth be gratefulness, an attitude of contentment & gratitude. (Need inspiration on how to do this? Check out our last post on gratitude.) Before you know it, others around you will see the stewardship in your life.

  1. Take a Hard Look at How You Spend Your Time, Talents, & Treasures

The three important areas we are called to be stewards of is our “time, talent & treasures”. Take a look at how and where you spend your time, if you are using your talents to your full ability, and the way you handle and give your money.

Remember that becoming a good steward doesn’t happen overnight … it is a slow process that grows us to become more and more like our Savior.

Do you have ways that you practice stewardship in your life? Share with us!

– Erika from Faithful with Finances 

How to Not Blow Your Budget This Weekend

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When the weekend comes, many of us find ourselves in a spending frenzy…

We have dinner with friends, we have friends over for dinner, we see family, we drive to see a new place, we go on a date night, we have football parties …

Let’s face it, if there was ever a time to “blow the budget” it would be the weekend!

In a normal workweek, it can be easy to simply pack your lunch, come home & make dinner, and there’s really little time left in the day to do too much damage.

But when you have an ENTIRE day off … that’s when the spending begins!

Here are 5 sure ways to NOT blow your budget this weekend:

1. Remind Yourself of Your Categories

You once set up a budget … a long time ago … at the beginning of this month. Revisit the categories you might be spending in, and make sure to check yourself and see if you can even spend this weekend. Do you have money left in your “eating out” category? Can you afford to go shopping – even for something small? If not, find other fun things to do. Have a picnic, or play a new sport. Need inspiration? Visit our post on the 10 free things you can do today.

2. Look for Sales Ahead of Time

Planning a football party? They are pretty popular this time of the year! Plan your menu around the sales. If pork is 50% off in your weekly flyer – make pork carnitas, or something “partyish” that involves the item that is on sale. You will save MAJOR bucks doing this instead of creating a fancy menu with 1,000 ingredients.

3. Don’t Impulse Buy

Have you been wanting to go check out a new car this weekend? Take the time to make your purchase – DON’T feel pressured by the salespeople, DON’T make a decision right on the spot, and DON’T follow your impulses when you see something shiny and new. Go home, think about it, analyze it with your spouse or someone you can be accountable to, and then make your decision. It’s also a great idea to do the “30 day” rule where you wait 30 days to make a big purchase. Your mind can easily change in that time period.

4. Plan for the Week Ahead

Use the time you have at home this weekend to do some planning. Plan out your meals, your budget, and look over your expenses. Reminding yourself of the spending you will do in the coming week will be the ultimate “reality check” to help you stop spending this weekend.

5. Visit Somewhere Close

Depending on where you live, there are so many fun things to do in your area. With gas prices so high, it can be tough to take long trips over the weekend, only to come back Sunday night and fill up your tank again. Play “tourist” in your area and do some of the things that you normally wouldn’t do. Want to earn bonus points in the frugal category? Bike to your destination! You and your family will have lots of fun, and you will save money by not burning through gas.

Ultimately, we hope you enjoy your weekend and have lots of fun. We are here simply to give you great ideas to still have an amazing time without breaking the bank!

Have an idea to share? We love to hear from you, leave a comment below!

Erika from Faithful with Finances

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Our Favorite Ways To Save This Fall

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Fall is the beginning of the holiday season, and stores abound with decorations signifying the changing leaves and upcoming Christmas bustle. Splurging around this time of year is very common. And this is why we want to offer you a few creative and fun ways to save this Fall that will get you in the mood AND save you money. It’s a win-win! Feel free to involve your kids in any one of these ideas … they will be sure to get everyone excited for the changing seasons!

DIY Leaf Mason Jars

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With only a few supplies needed, these DIY jars will add the perfect touch of Fall to your home. Set them in your kitchen or on your table as a centerpiece.

Pumpkin & Floral Front Door Display

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This beautiful example of “Fall Front Door Decor” can be done on your own with supplies you have around the house. Add some firewood, a pumpkin, lantern and/or candles, and finish it off by buying an inexpensive floral arrangement.

DIY Fall Wreath

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Just spending a few minutes on Pinterest can give you a million ideas for DIY wreaths! Find an easy and inexpensive one and you will save over $30 simply by making your own.

Decorated Pumpkins

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The best part about this DIY home decor is the savings! You only need three supplies – a pumpkin, spray paint, & a marker. Too easy.

Have any ideas to add? We would love to hear them!

– Faithful with Finances

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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The average American household spends an insane amount of their paycheck on groceries. How can this be? Among the many problems that contribute to this, here are a few:

1. Prices are on the rise –

We are all well-aware of the constant inflation rate, and our groceries are no exception. Prices continue to rise, and families are caught trying to cook meals at home while overspending in their grocery budgets every month.

2. “Healthy” is expensive –

Gone are the days where living on the land was the most affordable thing to do. We now find ourselves walking into health food stores shocked by the prices we see on a simple box of oatmeal.

3. Time is of the essence –

In many households, both parents carry their own jobs. This leaves less and less time for couponing, saving, and taking the time to plan out the trip to the grocery store.

In order to truly “cut your grocery bill in half” you will need to take a few important steps. Don’t worry … they are easy! Before you know it, you will see the savings start to grow.

If you can begin to change this one area of your spending, you will see major improvements in your overall budget.

Given that this is one of the biggest spending categories in American budgets, it’s important that we take control of this area.

Here Are 5 Things to Do Today to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half: 

1. Pick One Day of the Week to Plan

On that day, you will only need to carve out an hour or less. Make sure you stick to that day every week, or else you will run out of time and start buying meals on a whim – which means more spending.

On this day, you will need 2 things – 1.) The sale flyer for the store you shop at and … 2.) Your grocery store’s mobile app with downloadable coupons

From here, write down a list of every day’s meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to start slow, simply write down dinners for the week.

Look at what’s on sale, compare it to coupons in your app (if there’s a sale AND a coupon you’ve hit the jackpot!) and plan your meals around those sales.

I typically plan Mon-Thurs meals because I know we will be with family or friends on Friday night. Do what works with your schedule.

Store your “list” in your phone along with your downloaded coupons and you can do this shopping trip whenever your schedule allows.

2. Shop 1 Day of the Week

Get all of your shopping done on that one day, according to your list. This should be very easy for you to do and should take less than an hour, but make sure you carve out the time for it. Think of the time you will save avoiding the store 3-4 times a week like most families! (especially during the after-work rush hour!)

The only time I deviate from the list is if I can find the store brand product that beats the price of my sale ad & coupon price. This happens on occasion, so I will just go with the store brand. That will save you BIG in the long run.

3. Pay Cash

Maybe you haven’t jumped on the “envelope system” bandwagon, but you CAN make a big difference in your budget by simply paying cash for groceries.

There’s is something innately frugal about paying cash: you know exactly what you have, you can’t spend any more than that, and you are sure you will stay within your budget.

The magic starts to happen when you realize that with this fixed amount, you can get creative in many different ways. Eventually you will see yourself buying A LOT for a little.

4. Plan for Days You Don’t Want to Cook

Throughout the week, unexpected things will happen. You will find yourself getting lazy, and that favorite chinese takeout restaurant sounds AMAZING.

So how do you combat this? Simply plan for those days.

Whether this means store-bought pizza (less expensive than takeout pizza), or freezer-friendly microwave meals that take seconds to prepare … plan for those days.

Here’s a simple comparison:

Cost of chinese takeout for 2 ppl = $20 – $25

Cost of “Pf Changs” refrigerated takeout meal for two at the grocery store = $5

**thats 4x-5x the savings!**

Thursday happens to be “that day” for me. I never want to cook on Thursdays! Maybe it’s because Friday is so close, or maybe it’s just because I can’t handle the monotony of cooking one more night, but Thursday is definitely my week spot. Because of this, I have built into the list either a pre-made meal, refrigerated pizza dough, or something very convenient to make like quesadillas.

5. Make Your Grocery Budget Reasonable

One of the biggest mistakes budgeters make is creating a spending category that is too strict. This can make you feel like a failure, as you will often miss the mark.

Decide on a reasonable amount to spend that you won’t feel “deprived” by at the end of the week. If you feel too deprived, you will end up “binge spending” at the end of the week – similar to what happens to people on a diet. They are deprived from their favorite foods only to binge on pizza Friday night!

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you, and create a solid spending category that you can consistently meet each week.

Put these 5 tips into practice today and you will see MAJOR improvements in that grocery bill!

– Faithful with Finances

What it Takes to Live Below Your Means

loose changeYou want the hard truth? The absolute hard truth?

Living below your means is NOT easy.

You will have to make sacrifices … on many occasions.

You will feel like giving up.

You will take each purchase seriously … even when it’s your favorite Starbucks drink.

You will want to complain.

You will feel deprived at times.

But in the end … you will GROW to love this lifestyle.

You will see your bank account slowly grow.

You will feel a huge relief from stress.

Your heart and mind will begin to seek God.

You will let go of the material, and look towards the immaterial.

You will appreciate the little things.

You will care more about the people around you … not the things around you.

You will meet your goals.

You will banish debt.

You will release contentment.

It can happen to you … yes you!

The only way to start is to start today.

Think about the sacrifices you will have to make, but more importantly, think about the rewards.

– Faithful with Finances 

Your Challenge: Be Completely Opposite of the World

“Given a choice, most people would choose to be rich. 

They dream about inheriting a million dollars, 

even if none of their relatives have that much. 

They spend money they often can’t afford 

to lose on lottery tickets, hoping to win the big jackpot. 

They play slot machines and gamble at casino tables, 

sure they can double and triple their money. 

As Alexander Pope wrote, ‘Hope springs eternal.’ 

Even when people win or inherit money, they want more. 

No matter how much money a person has, it’s rarely enough. 

Millionaires confess they don’t feel rich enough, 

although you’d probably change places with one any time. 

Surprisingly, many lottery winners go bankrupt 

or encounter serious financial problems 

within five years of winning huge jackpots 

because they don’t know how to handle wealth, 

and then they need more. 

It’s a vicious cycle.”

Everything the Bible Says about Money 

As you reflect on the words written in this book, take a minute to examine the intentions in your own heart. 

Here at Faithful with Finances, we are big on doing the complete opposite of what the world tells us. 

The world is pretty convinced that you can “get rich quick” and “more money will solve all of your problems” – when we as Christians know this can’t be true.

God causes trials and tribulations to enter into our lives for a reason, and that includes money problems! 

When you find yourself entrapped in thoughts of wealth and wanting more, think specifically about why God has placed you in the situation you’re in. 

He has you here for a reason, and He doesn’t necessarily want you to escape your circumstances, but instead, to grow through them. 

Today, focus on being the “complete opposite” of the world. Don’t go after false sources of money and spending. Think about one way you can put this into practice…and go do it! 

– Faithful with Finances

Wanting More

Most of you have seen this type of commercial. The AT&T representative interviews kids and asks them simple, funny questions. What’s even funnier? Their answers!

This one struck me in particular. The AT&T guy goes on to say, “Who thinks more is better than less?” Surprise surprise, every single kid raises their hand!

The cute little girl goes on to ramble about “more” being WAY better than less, and how sometimes your parents say you can’t have more!

Although this commercial is meant to be humorous, it is also meant to resonate with the mass majority that MORE is what we really need. We need MORE money, MORE cars, MORE possessions. It’s a never-ending spiral that can consume a person’s entire life.

So what should we as believers take away from this?

We can’t give in to the spiral. Most of the Christian life is counter-cultural, and this area is no exception.

The Lord teaches us a much different concept…contentment.

Hebrews 13:5

“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I every forsake you.’ ”

Proverbs 30:8

“Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with the food that is my portion.”

Today, think about the things in your life that cause you discontentment. Are you not happy with your savings? With your house? With your clothes?

Choose today to think about what God HAS given you, and what He HAS blessed you with.

What areas do you struggle with? How have you overcome them? Leave us a comment below!

Meet Tony and Carin

 

Tony and Carin have spent most of their lives in the financial industry, and now they are reaching out and sharing their time-tested wisdom on the subject of giving and finances. Their ministry was inspired by those in the church body that needed guidance and direction on how to honor the Lord with their resources. Together they have authored the book “Faithful with Much” and continue to inspire others to cross over boundaries in their giving. Faithful with Finances is an outpouring of this same passion, a ministry born from a desire to educate the church body on what God actually thinks about money, and what He wants us to do with it. Join them on their journey by either picking up a copy of their book, or bringing their workshop to your church today. 

Conquer Emotional Shopping!

I happen to have a little problem, and I’m sure many of you might share this with me…but from time to time…I give into emotional shopping!

It doesn’t matter what happened to me that day, or what is going on around me, but if I simply go inside my favorite store (cough cough Marshall’s, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx) I become a very happy girl.

Now I’ve heard of many women out there who don’t enjoy shopping all that much, but basically, that concept is very foreign to me! I LOVE to shop, and it makes me forget about everything else and just enjoy the beauty and fun I see all around me.

The question is, am I doing the right thing here by giving in to my desires? Probably not. Are there other ways to feel better in the world? Probably yes.

So in case any of you out there suffer from this same syndrome of emotional shopping, I thought I would help you by giving a few hints at what you can do to conquer it, and how you can stop finding emotional release in something, shall I say, hollow?

Here are 5 ways I conquer emotional shopping, I hope they will help you too!

  1. Re-Do Your Own Closet (de-clutter, organize, and display)
  2. Take up a productive and fun hobby
  3. Look through a style/fashion magazine
  4. Spend time with a girlfriend (be happy, don’t vent on her!)
  5. If you must, window shop (aka DON’T buy anything!)

There are days when you will just want to fix yourself, feel better, and move on with your life, but shopping is not always the best answer for this. Beyond working through the problems of the day, just smile and have fun with those around you. Joy and blessings can be found in every day if you just look for them!

By: Erika Pizzo