YNAB Review :: The Not-So-Sexy First Step to Get Your Finances in Order

What is “YNAB” and why am I reviewing it? Well, because it has changed the course of my life, and I think you should know about it. But we’ll get to that in a minute.


A while back, I discussed the best gift you can give your future spouse. You hear so much about keeping yourself sexually pure before marriage, but bringing financial baggage into a marriage can be just as damaging. I even mentioned how being debt free can make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

But to be sexy in the future, you have to do something that may not sound sexy today.

What is the first step in getting your financial “house” in order? I hate to even say it because you’ll stop reading this article.

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Buying versus Renting :: 5 Questions to Consider

A few years ago, I was nearing the end of my apartment lease. I was a 29-year old single guy who was tired of apartment hopping, so I started to contemplate buying vs. renting.

Buying vs. Renting

For the previous decade, I had avoided the idea of homeownership for the following reasons:

  • I wanted to stay free and not “committed” to a geographic area.
  • I wanted to wait until after I was married to buy so I could “settle down.”
  • I didn’t want to mow grass on the weekends.
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What We’re Liking These Days :: January 2014

We realize this post is a little heavy on the “relationships” section, but it just kinda happened. However, if there’s anything we’ve learned from this community, it’s that y’all enjoy discussing relationships!

What We're Liking These Days :: January 2014

The good thing is there’s lots of other stuff in this January edition, too: ideas for increasing your savings account, a Scripture memory plan, a cool prayer journal, and more. So here we go…

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25 Things Singles Should Know

I went on a 9-hour road trip with one of my best friends last week, which means 9 hours of conversation about everything that is right and wrong with the world. On our journey, we read aloud 2 of Relevant Magazine’s most recent articles: 20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do and The Before You’re 40 Bucketlist.

25 Things Singles Should Know

After determining that we’d accomplished 15 of the 20 things we’re supposed to do before 40, and wholeheartedly agreeing with the things a twentysomething should know, our conversation turned to singleness. [Read more...]

There’s Not a Lot of Money in This Single Person’s Pocket

Now I know how the pastor feels when he prepares a sermon on tithing, if only slightly. The knowing of the ill-reception of talking about money and faith. The constant putting off the inevitable of what at God is laying on your heart, if only just for the obedience He commands in writing it. Even if no one reads it or listens.

So I write this post out of obedience.

There’s Not a Lot of Money in This Single Person’s Pocket

Tithing is one of those add-ons to church attendance for most people. It’s the incentive for a better life in many mindsets, myself included for a time. It’s the straw on the back of the individual looking for an excuse to not attend or be a part of a faith community. But it’s also a reflection of an obedient heart when you get down to the root of it.
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