Here are a few examples of what we cut out of our spendings after the first year of our marriage:Eating out vs eating in! Subway x3/per week @ $14 per order = $180/month = $2,,167/yearSushi x1.5/per week for about six months when my wife was pregnant @ $40 per order = $1,548/6 monthsTaco bell x3/per week @ $12 per order = $155/month = $929Grand total of $4,644 of eating out during our first year of our marriage. Mind you my wife was pregnant three months after our wedding and so most of the eating out was due to her cravings. Soon after our son was born we cut eating out 90% of what we were use to. A few months later after that we cut our eating out to 2-3 times a month if that!Next was entertainment at the local video store.On average we would rent a movie or two probably 3 to 5 times a week. Some new and some old. So for arguments sake I'll say we spent on average $18 per week which averaged $77 per month which then averaged $929 for that year.We also cut that out of our Bugdet last year. Since then we subscribed to Netflix $14 per month and $168 per year which ain't too bad at all. Other items we took into consideration was our clothing, misc items we needed around the house vs what we wanted in our house, packing food when we go out, eating at our parents house to take advantage of free meals, drive less frequently or make all the necessary stops in one trip out the door, started a savings, shopped around for the best prices, shop at local thrift stores/garage sales/craigslist postings, ect ect... The list goes on but you get the picture. It all boils down to RESPONSIBILITY! Oh and might I add my credit score at the moment is in the high 700's and i'm hoping to see it jump past the 800's after the funds go through my credit cards!
WOW! Not only did the LORD clean up your debt problem, but HE also cleaned up your diet and entertainment problem. I just love the way HE does things on multiple levels!
I agree with taking drastic measures to overcome such sin. I've not cut up my card [yet], but I do NOT carry with me. Most of the time it's lost somewhere in my apartment, so if I have the urge to use it, I have to go through a lot of work to find it, thinking all the while "is it really worth it?". Rarely do I even get that far. Same with going on the internet. We don't have a connection in our house, we have to go to the nearest coffee shop to get hooked up. It's a distraction we can afford to live without.
Great news! and testimony brother.We are starting in our home in a few weeks a course on Financial Peace and offering it to homeschool highschool students before they get into debt and learn how to manage their finances. I wish I had learned how to do this years ago. We have so far our family and and two families who signed up so it's great for the start and accountability. The last session is on giving to missions. Doug
Encouraging testimony loving this world is a dangerous thing. Its so easy to get caught up in materialism without realising it. I myself have struggled with huge debt that was accumulated from student loans, and credit card(started off as £4k but ended up around £12k after bank convinced me to consolidate by 4k + 1k overdraft into a single loan) WOF doctrine that taught me my poverty was a sin that Christ died so i could be rich) . Giving the biggest 'seed' in desperation and praying 'lord, money or the truth ill take either'. He opened my eyes and the rest is history. I found a sense so much peace in Christ and not the world rich or poor makes no difference as long as i have jesus. When everyone else was buying a house during the boom i saved up to get married so missed out. Im still renting today but its such a blessing as i dont have a huge mortgage to worry about and my rent is cheap and half my income is disposable (even though i could still cut back on expenses a little more). Siblings often look at me like im under achieving for not owning a home yet but i hear the desperation of friends who are out of work and scared of losing everything if they cant meet a payment i dont envy them and now i thank God instead of ungratefully grumbling when he was trying to spare me from the burden. Hopefully ill pay off my debts by next year.Ps: 1.Is it christian to invest? 2.What are the biblical guidelines for borrowing money.3.Is it a sin to be a billionaire (will you go to hell accumulating so much money) at what point does saving become sinful?
Ps: 1.Is it christian to invest? 2.What are the biblical guidelines for borrowing money.3.Is it a sin to be a billionaire (will you go to hell accumulating so much money) at what point does saving become sinful?--------------------------------------------------------------1. No, book of proverbs speaks of storing up in harvest and saving for the winter. Also proverbs speaks of giving an inheritance to your kids and illustrates how ants work diligently everyday 24/7 365. There's many aspects to look at when answering this question ie what about this, what about that. It all boils down to being responsible. 2. Again, it all boils down to responsibility! Are you borrowing out of want or need? Living a frugal lifestyle washes away the cares of the world and does wonders on your sleeping habit :) More ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's with no worries!3. Abraham was rich but had his heart and soul situated in the right direction which was to follow God. David was king and he was called 'a man after God's own heart.' Again with this question it all boils down to responsibility. The Bible depicts characters from all walks of life. Fishermen to Kings and rulers. The Gospels speak of a rich man and Christ told him it was easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle. Pastor's today of mega churches are loaded with money! Those who succeed in following Christ have their priorities in order and those who fall slipped with the position they had.