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.
  • If something broke, I didn’t have to take care of it—and I liked that. [Read more...]

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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10 Financial Improvements You Could Make Right Now

We’re pretty sure we’ve covered the importance of putting yourself on a budget as well as paying down debt…extensively. But one of the things we’ve noticed about ourselves (and our friends) is that many of us could be stewarding our financial resources better.

10 Financial Improvements You Could Make Right Now

Maybe we are not in debt, but some of us aren’t doing anything to build emergency funds or investing for retirement. Others are living month to month within their means, but they’re only one catastrophe away from a dismal financial situation. Then there are those who have quite a bit of discretionary income and spend it all every month as they increase their living expenses. [Read more...]