Building Wealth is Simple, Not Easy

Building Wealth is Simple, Not Easy

We Know What it Takes What does it take to be healthy? What steps are necessary to improve your health and well being? Although many of us (myself included) like to talk about how challenging it can be, when you boil it down getting healthy can be broken into very simple steps. Eat healthy as often as you can. Exercise at least 3 times per week. Visit a health care professional on a … [Read more...]

Six Financial Regrets to Avoid

Six Financial Regrets to Avoid

When it comes to money and investing, there are several lessons many people wish they would have learned when they were younger. While everyone’s situation is unique, avoiding these six common mistakes can help you live life without financial regrets: Don’t wait to start saving Homeownership, marriage, kids and retirement may seem a long way off when you’re in your teens and 20s, but the … [Read more...]

GRAND – The Real Snowpocalypse

GRAND – The Real Snowpocalypse

Generosity Today we were chatting with some of Jon's staff about black Friday shopping and remembered something: our plan to buy socks! It's weird to me that we almost forgot about this plan we created last year (even though I've been automatically taking our $40 out every month to fund the event). The twist we obviously didn't anticipate last year when we created this Black Friday plan was … [Read more...]

The Problem With Christmas Wish Lists

The Problem With Christmas Wish Lists

What's Wrong With Our Wish List? Krista and I share a wish list through Amazon which we keep up to date throughout the year, especially at Christmas. Sometimes just browsing the things we might like is satisfying enough we don't feel the need to buy anything, much like window shopping. However even though we enjoy doing it, we had a wake up call this week when we found ourselves asking "what's … [Read more...]

Invest Spare Change With Acorns Investing

Invest Spare Change With Acorns Investing

I'm always searching for new ways to convince people, especially young people, that they need to invest. It's hard to get anyone in their 20s to feel like giving up $50-100 of precious monthly income is worth it. Recently my brother asked me what I thought about a newer investing strategy called Acorns Investing, an investing platform that lets you invest spare change by rounding up daily … [Read more...]

GRAND-Generosity When Least Expected

GRAND-Generosity When Least Expected

Generosity We knew that coming into a brand new community would take some getting used to but the adjustment seems to have been seamless for us. One example of how we are immediately pressing into community is our small group at our church. It is a group of 10-12 people (depending on the week) who are similar to us in age and life situation that meet weekly for prayer, fellowship, and study. It … [Read more...]

Paying Off Student Loans – Where do I start?

Paying Off Student Loans – Where do I start?

It's been our experience that the most helpful posts come from real life questions. Living on a college campus means most of the financial questions around us have to do with student loans. Recently we were spending time with a senior at Houghton and I asked her what's one post about money she would find useful. She said, "Well all I really have to worry about right now are loans, but I don't even … [Read more...]

Serenity and Personal Finance

Serenity and Personal Finance

A Surreal Meeting On Friday night I had something very cool happen and it involved staying up super late (the best things often do). I was at an all night youth event doing some admission recruiting for Houghton College, which reminded me of my days as a youth pastor. At around 2:00 am (I told you it was a late night) a gentlemen approached our booth because he knew someone who worked at the … [Read more...]

GRAND – Letting Rest be Rest and Work be Work

GRAND – Letting Rest be Rest and Work be Work

Generosity The chapel theme at Houghton recently has been Sabbath. As a small part of the college's initiative to focus on rest among a population that doesn't really practice rest well, I've started a small group in the residence hall with material that focuses on incorporating Sabbath into our daily routine. The group of 10-15 women that come each week are often gifting me with wonderful … [Read more...]

Quality or Affordability?

Quality or Affordability?

An Age Old Question Think back to the last significant item you owned which you had to replace, what was it? You know those things you own that you are always hoping won't break Maybe for you its your car, house, a piece of furniture, or a significant piece of clothing.  I'm getting ready for the upcoming winter season and unfortunately my very favorite snowboarding jacket is on its very last … [Read more...]