It was innocent enough – you set the goal to get this money thing figured out and then BOOM, here you are months/years later in no better place than when you started. You know you have to live on a budget to win with money, but somehow it just isn’t working. Here are the five biggest reasons I run into when I talk to people who tell me their budget isn’t working…and how to fix each one of them. [Read more…]
Happy Valentine’s Day (almost)! Love is in the air, or at least all the cheesy greeting cards, candy and sappy love movies are making me think that’s the case. Whether you’re five years old handing out little cards to everyone in your class or 50 years old giving a single card and some flowers to your one true love, there’s just something about February 14th that can’t be denied as a great day to celebrate love. Buy why? What’s the point of celebrating on that day? Why not every day? [Read more…]
Do you find that you survive each day by the seat of your pants, even though you think you’re fairly organized? Do you find there aren’t enough hours to get it all done and some of the things that didn’t happen were important – like spending time with your family or reading your Bible? Yeah…me too. So what can we do about it? [Read more…]
The boss just walked in and gave you the worst news. Management decided to lay off some staff. Your department is being closed and you will be on unemployment (if you’re lucky) in less than two weeks.
This scenario happens every day to someone. Every day, someone has to go home and tell his/her family that things are getting ready to be turned upside down. Eventually, when shock passes, coping with stress begins and the realization hits: I NEED A JOB! In today’s world, that isn’t usually an easy task. What do you do? Today, I’ll help you (or someone you love), get through this mess, and maybe even come out on the other side with a great story to tell. [Read more…]
A lot of you are new around here, so I’ve been spending the past few Saturdays recapping some of my favorite content written since Humorous Homemaking was born in May 2010. One of the ways I’m determining which content is best to share with you anew, I consider the most frequently asked questions I get via email, Facebook, etc. By far, the most common set of questions falls under the heading of relationships and money or marriage and money.
I get TONS of questions on how to get husbands and wives to agree on money. Why? Because I firmly believe when you said “I do” you made a commitment for life. Unfortunately, the reason that commitment is most commonly broken is due to money problems. When I started providing financial counsel, I quickly learned I often provided a lot of marriage counseling too. [Read more…]
This is the official time of year for what I’ll call the “financial freak out.” Christmas is in the rear view mirror and the bills are showing up. That Christmas bonus at work (if you got one) is spent, and it will likely be March before you could hold out hope for a tax refund. Reality has set in. It’s time to face the music. The financial grim reaper is at the door. It’s time to pay the piper. With all that potential scariness in mind, I’ve decided the first several posts I write in 2014 are going to help you deal with the stress that comes with handling finances.
Last week I shared a HUGE list of tips for living debt free and in the coming weeks I’ve planned posts on scheduling your time more effectively, handling money with your spouse, plus a summary of the most frequently asked questions I get about money. I want your 2014 to be the best year possible! In this theme, today we’re going to talk about the SERIOUS issue faced by literally millions of Americans [Read more…]
As we get into this new year, so many people will set New Year’s Resolutions…and most will fail miserably. Why? For the same reason most people who start a diet don’t lose any weight – it is hard to set a goal and stick to it. It is easier to do the same things you’ve always done. It takes a commitment, motivation and the right incentives to set and meet goals.
With that in mind, many of you set a goal (or resolution) to get out of debt this year. I applaud you. I don’t think most of you reading this understand the freedom that comes from “owing no man anything except the continuing debt to love one another” (paraphrase of Romans 13:8), but I promise you it is AWESOME to live without payments.
A couple of months ago, Stacy and I asked for your help. We asked you to provide your tips and motivation on how to live without debt. And you responded! Although what is to come is a LONG list of tips, every one is a good one. If you’re tired of being slave to the lender, these tips will definitely help you break the chains. [Read more…]
New Year’s Resolutions are stupid. I could stop right there and you’d know how we feel about this topic, but you’d miss the point of today’s post. The reason New Year’s Resolutions are dumb is because they don’t work. How do I know this? Well, just about every news story from December 28th – January 2nd or so will have something to do with how to keep New Year’s Resolutions and the rest of the stories in that time frame will be about how no one actually keeps them.
Now that I’ve unashamedly bashed New Year’s Resolutions, let’s talk about resolutions that actually DO work. [Read more…]
Christmas is almost here! And this post won’t be long — I just want to talk for Five Minutes on Christmas. That’s great news for some of you and miserable sadness for others. Christmas is one of those holidays that has a reputation for bringing out the best and worst in people. Don’t believe me? Look around! Our area made national news for Black Friday fights in Walmart. Classy, people…really classy. But then you hear stories of awesome generosity or cool marketing ploys by creative companies.
Here’s the problem – most of us have been duped.
We’ve been indoctrinated with political correctness and similar garbage that have convinced so many that Christmas is about everything EXCEPT what it is really about. Think about it: most retailers want you to think Christmas is all about busting your budget in the name of creating happiness for everyone you’ve ever met.
“Merry Christmas” has been replaced with “Happy Holidays”…
Because we wouldn’t want to offend someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas or acknowledge CHRIST as the message of December 25th. But here’s reality…
Christmas is about JESUS.
It’s about THE GIFT, not a bunch of gifts. Christmas is not about good feelings, overindulgent meals, Santa, trees, cards, bells, sleigh rides, snow, lights, or anything else that we might use as a symbol of Christmas. I’ll be totally honest: I’ve loved and hated Christmas over the years.
Some years I forgot it wasn’t about me and was selfish.
One year I saved up a bunch of time and took almost the entire month of December off from work and spent it with Stacy doing whatever we felt like. Last year was my first without my Dad there. I understand why people can get hung up on Christmas. So here’s how it works for the Myers.
- Christmas is a day of joy and recognition of our salvation, come to the earth in the form of a baby.
- Christmas is a day of fun (remember, God called us to have life and have it abundantly!).
- Not only does Christmas involves celebration and family time, but also worship.
- Presents? Even though I’ll have a few to open, God has blessed me so richly that I can honestly say there is nothing I need that I don’t already have. We buy presents for our kids, but with some perspective and WITHIN BUDGET. Stacy was recently interviewed by NBC for the Today Show on our “three gift Christmas” – you should check out the article
Okay, enough of me typing – Stacy and I thought you might like to watch us talk a bit! We’re calling it our Five Minutes Christmas and sharing so that y’all can see how it works for us.
How do you feel about Christmas? Is it a warm, enjoyable time for you and your family or a struggle?
You know, there is something magical and terrifying that happens when someone comes to life on the internet. It’s sort of like the thing that happens to Goofy in that old cartoon when he gets behind the wheel and goes from being Mr. Nice Guy to scary person full of road rage. Disney called it “Motor Mania,” but I think in our modern age, the internet persona played by Goofy on the internet could be more aptly referred to as “Moron Mania.”
Think about it – would you ever tell someone, “[your book] should be titled, ‘Don’t Pick This Up’” in front of a large group of their friends? Would you tell someone, “I can’t believe you’re indoctrinating your children with all that religious hogwash” in face-to-face conversation? Well…two of my friends online recently received those comments on their PUBLIC social media feeds. No joke. Stacy and I have had our fair share of haters as well, but I’ve recently realized something. People have come to believe the rules for interacting online are different than when we are talking with someone face-to-face. As a public service to the universe, I thought I’d give a basic primer on internet etiquette – some simple questions you should ask yourself before interacting with someone on the internet. [Read more…]