It’s no secret that people in ministry don’t usually make as much money as some other professions. You don’t have to be around a group of youth pastors long until you hear some “I’m so poor” or “woe is me” stories and jokes. The truth is all Americans are blessed and I am too so none of us can complain. On the other hand, money is mentioned more than any other topic in the Bible and certainly trips people up all the time.
Most of my beliefs on money can be summed up in this video, so please watch it.
I have never really written on this topic so I thought I would share a quick list of things our family does to stay on budget. Some people learn this stuff as adults from Dave Ramsey, but I am from the school of Ron and Jeanne. I am not judging you or telling you everyone has to do these things….just sharing.
- We only pay cash for stuff. The only thing I will ever take out a loan for is a house. We will not even go in debt for a car or education. Good thing I didn’t need to go to medical school that would mess with my rule.
- We don’t have cable. People think I am ridiculous for this one but I don’t see the point, and need the buffer.
- We only buy clothes that are on sale or clearance racks. Ok, once a year I buy something that costs $25 but only when I splurge.
- We shop at Aldi. That is a 4 letter word to some….ok maybe to all since it actually has 4 letters.
What do you do to save money?