Legacy Journey Live!

I’m very excited to go see Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze live at the DPAC tonight for Legacy Journey Live, the live event based on Dave’s new class, The Legacy Journey.  It’s all about how to leave a lasting legacy by the way you live your life and handle your money.

It appears that there are a few tickets left, so if you don’t have any plans, grab some and join us!

By |April 15th, 2014|Life, Money|0 Comments|

Tuesday Tips for Budgeting

Here are some quick-tips for making your budgets happen this week and month!

- Always keep in mind the opportunity cost of an item – what are you going to give up in order to spend those dollars on that expense?  What else could you be doing with the money, that you won’t be able to now that you’re spending it on something else?

- Always go back and reconcile your budget towards the end of the month, as you prepare for the next.  Did you actually spend what you planned to spend?  Or did you blow the Starbucks budget sky high and forget to set aside money for gifts?

- We personally have a few categories that build up cash in an envelope, then it’s available when we […]

By |April 15th, 2014|Money|0 Comments|

Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story

I’m thrilled to help host a screening of Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story this Thursday night.  Derek Rabelo is a congenitally blind surfer from Brazil.  Yes, he surfs, and he’s blind.  He was born almost completely blind, and his vision continued to deteriorate to the point of total blindness as a child.  This movie tells his incredible story.

There will be a one-time showing of this documentary story at the Six Forks Station Cinema on Thursday night at 6:30pm.  If you are a beach lover, a Jesus lover, or have a friend that you want to hear the gospel, this is an awesome opportunity!

Tickets are $9 and can be purchased here (plus a $1.44 processing fee).

We’d love to see you Thursday night!

By |April 9th, 2014|Ministry|0 Comments|

Tuesday Tips for Budgeting

- As you continue the budgeting process over time, you’ll get better at predicting expenses.  Many things we think “pop up” don’t really pop up at all.  We know they’ll happen at some point: Christmas, car repairs, new clothing, property taxes, lump insurance payments.  Make sure you’re setting money aside for these things all along.

- If something does “pop up” in the middle of the month, you have to go back to your budget and figure out how you’re going to pay for it.  You’re not in Congress!  You actually have to live on a balanced budget!  Move some money around, cut down some other expenses, and figure out a way to make it work.

- Always use a budget that is zero-based.  In a […]

By |April 8th, 2014|Money|0 Comments|

Face the Monster

When I was a younger child (sometime before 8th grade), I remember using the space under my bed as a clean-your-room receptacle when I was ordered to clean up, but didn’t really want to.  It was an out; a quick-fix.

This inevitably led to more and more stuff being shoved under there, more stuff being “lost,” and a compounding of the problem.  My folks became aware of it when I was trying to just shove stuff up under there in a rush before we had company.

Of course, they eventually ordered me to clean that thing out, get rid of stuff, and put stuff back where it should really go.  But by then I was at the point where I didn’t want to really ever pull out […]

By |April 7th, 2014|Money|0 Comments|

Making Things Happen Recap

Monday and Tuesday this week I had the pleasure of attending and briefly presenting at the Making Things Happen Conference at the beautiful Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.

It was an awesome experience.  The content of the conference is outstanding, as it forces you to dig deep on the first day to figure out what’s most important, what you fear, what’s holding you back, and what matters most to you.  We focused the second day on action - how we’re going to make what matters most in our lives happen.

It was an interesting experience, especially since I was the only male attendee and presenter.  Nancy and I had the opportunity to share some about our financial journey, which was a lot of fun.

Great quotes (that only scratch […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Life, Money|2 Comments|

Giving is Fun

Thanks to Diana for sharing this video on my post about the National Christian Foundation.

Check out ILikeGiving.com, a great site to inspire generosity in your life!

Tuesday Tips for Budgeting

- A tool like Mint.com, MyTotalMoneyMakeover.com, Microsoft Excel or iWork Numbers can be very helpful, but don’t get caught up or bogged down in them.  They’re not a requirement for successful budgeting.  An old-school pencil and paper can work just fine.

- Once you finalize a budget, it’s time for execution.  Plan your work, and work your plan.  Go out and DO what it says you’re gonna do on paper.

- If something comes up in the middle of the month, you can’t just “hope it will work out.”  That’s a sure-fire formula for bouncing checks.  Go back to the budget, and figure out what you’re going to adjust to fit that in.  This is especially important for married couples.

By |April 1st, 2014|Money|1 Comment|

I’m Making Things Happen!

I’m thrilled and honored to be attending the Making Things Happen Conference  in Chapel Hill today and tomorrow.  I’ve heard a lot about this conference (Nancy has been a speaker there for the last two conferences), and experienced a little bit of it.

But this time I get the full experience.  I also have the honor of being the first male presenter at Making Things Happen!  I look forward to briefly sharing about money during Day 2.

Make it happen, y’all!  See you Wednesday.

By |March 31st, 2014|Life, Money|0 Comments|

Tools to Keep Track of your Small Business Finances (Part 2)

Check out Part 1 of this post for a few other great options!

If your business has reached the point of $50,000-$100,000 in gross revenue and it’s growing, one of these two options will likely be the best bet for you.

4) Freshbooks

Freshbooks has been out for a few years now, but in terms of small business accounting software it hasn’t been around very long.  That honor goes to #5, below.  Freshbooks is a cloud-based accounting software, with dedicated apps for iOS and Android.   It was really the first major player to establish itself in the cloud accounting area, as it didn’t exist beforehand as a desktop software.

Freshbooks really excels on the invoicing and client management side of things, as all of their paid plans (ranging […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Money|0 Comments|