The Underbelly of the Financial World (Podcast)

We all know that there are dangerous financial waters we need to avoid. Today we’ll talk about the worst of the worst, the “Underbelly of the Financial World.” I’ll explain why you need to avoid payday lenders like the plague, think twice about title pawning, run away from debt consolidation, and save your money instead of wasting it on lottery …

If You Have a Mortgage, You Have a Master

Last week, we covered the “Real Estate and Mortgages” lesson in the Financial Peace University class that I’m facilitating at my church.  It’s always a weird lesson because it’s the only time that Dave Ramsey doesn’t go ballistic on us for having some debt.  Here are the reasons why: 1.) Most people don’t have the means or patience to save …

In God We Trust?

This past weekend, my pastor asked me to share a story about putting your trust in God vs. putting your trust in money.  Yes, it’s important to be responsible with our money and manage it wisely,  but only God can provide us with true peace and security.  I think this struck a chord with a lot of people, so I …

Engaging the Uninvolved Spouse ~ Part 1: “The Clueless One”

What do you do when your spouse or partner doesn’t want to be involved in the budget decision making process?  The “Uninvolved Spouse” problem isn’t uncommon in families, but it’s a serious one.  If you’re both not openly communicating about and participating in the family finances, it’s a recipe for conflict.  In this blog series, I’ll discuss three different scenarios …