My Biggest Announcement in 7 Years

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In the summer of 2005, sensing God’s call to have me write and speak about biblical money management full-time, and with the strong support of my amazing wife, Jude, I left a well-paid corporate job to follow that call.  It’s been one of the greatest adventures of our lives. Along the way, Jude and I […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Identity Thieves Set Their Sights Lower, Managing Your Smartphone Costs, and More

Friday, April 27th, 2012

There’s no end to the personal finance advice available today, and some of it is even helpful!  Actually, a lot of it is helpful.  Here are 10 of the better money-related articles I’ve come across over the past week. 6 Reasons Why You Should Never Purchase an Extended Warranty (US News). Consumer Reports agrees that […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Why It’s Good For Your Kids to Help Pay for College, Specialized Job Search Sites, and More

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There’s lots of good personal finance advice floating around in cyberspace.  Here are 10 of the most helpful, interesting, or otherwise worth-your-time-to-read articles I came across over the past week. The Upside to Not Saving for Your Child’s College Education (MSNBC).  A new study finds that students who pay for at least a portion of […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Product Price Comparisons Gets Trickier, A Great Lower-Cost Vacation Option, and More

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Every week I read lots of personal finance articles, searching for the ones that are most helpful for anyone intent on using money well.  Here are 10 of the better ones I came across over the past seven days. How to Do Really Tricky Product Price Comparisons (USA TODAY).  Think you saw the same product […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Sticking Together During the Tough Times, What it Takes to Change a Habit, and More

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

There are lots of great personal finance articles out there, and each week I do my best to keep up on who’s saying what.  Here are 10 of the better articles I came across over the past seven days – articles that’ll help you manage money more effectively, along with a special music video link […]... [Read more]

Smart Shopping

Spending Money With Peace of Mind

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

For the past few months, I’ve been presenting 11 principles for simple, meaningful success, which began with a post on Living Life to the Full. Putting the principles into practice, including living generously, saving and investing wisely, and enjoying financial breathing space, requires smart spending.  And since we talked about how to Spend Smart on […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Cracking the College Funding Code, 5 Essential Money Lessons for Kids, and More

Friday, March 30th, 2012

So many good personal finance articles, so little time.  Here are 10 that I came across over the past week that I believe are worth reading. Secrets to Paying for College (MoneyCNN).  Helpful package of stories with ideas about how to save on tuition, room & board, and more. 30 Student Discounts You’ll Love (Main […]... [Read more]

House on suburban street with 'For Sale' sign in foreground

Housing: Getting Your Single Largest Expense Right

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Housing is most people’s biggest expense.  That’s why, of all of the expenses we each have, it’s essential to get our housing costs right.  It’s one of the most important keys to being able to be generous, save and invest adequately, and live with financial margin and peace of mind. Here’s how to follow the […]... [Read more]


Money Roundup: Keeping Your Vacation Free From Financial Disaster, The Definitive Discount Guide, and More

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Each week I read lots of personal finance articles.  Here are 10 of the best ones I came across over the past seven days. How I Got Hit With An Overdraft Fee After Opting Out of Overdraft Protection (Main Street).  As I’ve written before, I believe it’s best to opt out of overdraft protection.  But […]... [Read more]

Financial Defense

Playing a Great Game of Financial Defense

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

No one has ever accused an insurance policy of being a page-turner. However, those packets of boring legalese are essential for financial success, which is why the 9th of my 11 principles for simple, meaningful success is to Build Walls of Protection. Let’s look at some of the most important types of insurance so you […]... [Read more]