Stories: One Bank Account

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Telling stories is what bloggers do, and most bloggers tell stories because the people in their lives are tired of hearing them…at least that’s what my wife thinks.  As we move along in this process, we’ll occasionally take a detour to story time.  This gives me the chance to share some personal aspects of our […]

Detour: Travel Expenses

Eric and I each made trips to the West Coast in February. As he mentioned, Eric traveled to Spokane, WA for a course at Gonzaga. All of his travel expenses came out of pocket. I traveled to Southern California for a retreat with colleagues from seminary. My travel expenses were covered by my continuing education […]

Lead Me Not Into Temptation . . .

I was just telling a friend the other day that one of the best ways for me to cut back on my spending is to watch less television and read fewer magazines. That advertising stuff really does work. And even the stuff that isn’t technically advertising still makes me want to buy, buy, buy. My […]

Month in Review

We’ve made it through one month of living on cash, and I’m pleased to say that we’ve done really well. We completely blew the gas budget because of an unusually high amount of work-related driving, but otherwise we stayed right on target. I can only think of one “unauthorized” purchase that came out of the […]

Getting a Second Job

Earlier this week, I mentioned that you need a second job.  Here are a number of ways you can get started today on increasing your income: Ask for a raise-I know this isn’t really a second job, but one of the quickest ways to increase your income is to reach out to your boss for […]

Advice: Get a Second Job

Most people spend the majority of their time and efforts in reducing their expense, a sure-fire way to get your personal finances on track.  However, many people often overlook another solid way of fixing their personal finances; getting a second job. A few months ago, my aunt mentioned that she had been working in retail, […]