Dave Ramsey on Holiday Shopping – 4 Tips to Celebrate Debt Free
Why Go Into Debt to Celebrate?
If the holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, why does it often seem like the most stressful time of the year?
Financial stress is at the top of many people’s list this time of year.
Many folks just don’t have extra money available to do all the celebrating and shopping they desire. Yet the world puts the pressure on to buy more and keep up with Joneses; even if it means going into debt. Throwing it all on the credit card seems to be the solution.
Although after the New Year, the bills start coming in and the struggle just to pay the minimum payments begin. The struggle to get the debt paid off can go on late into the year or longer. And that only adds to the stress the following holiday season. So instead of planning and enjoying the new season, there still remains the hassle of left-over debt and the stress that goes with it.
Are you ready to end the cycle and say no more debt, no more credit? Then it is time to make a plan early in the year and stick to it so you can avoid piling up mounds of debt on credit cards.
Dave Ramsey provides the following holiday shopping ideas and tips for celebrating debt free this year:
Look for deals online before heading to the stores. Find out what the prices are at the stores you plan to visit and don’t waste your time shopping at one if you know another store down the street has a better deal.
2. MAKE A BUDGET
It’s common sense stuff, but amazing how many people have no financial plan for their spending. And when they go shopping they are like kids in a toy store buying the first flashy toy that catches their eye.
If you plan to work your way out of debt, it requires becoming disciplined during the holiday season. If you must buy for many, keep it simple and stay within your means. Don’t get caught up in the mindset that bigger is better or it will just come back to bite you when the bills start coming in after the new year.
3. USE CASH
As Dave always says, you spend less when you use cash. So stop by the bank or ATM to get your pre-planned amount of shopping cash before you hit the stores. And when it’s gone it’s time to stop shopping.
If you’ve planned ahead and followed the previous two steps then using cash should be easy. You will know what you need to buy and how much it will cost before you start. Planning time well spent!
4. START NOW – PLAN EARLY
If you haven’t made a plan this holiday season, then stop now and take some time to evaluate your situation and make a budget. Look at the big picture and consider the outcome of your choices this holiday season. Shop smart and keep it within your means.
And if this holiday season caught you off guard once again, well remember, it is never too late to try again. Next year you can make better decisions and do things differently.
Happy Holidays to All & a Very Merry Christmas!
God bless you,
Happy July 4th! Celebrating Freedom
Celebrating the 4th of July!
May you all have a safe and happy day!
And special thanks and prayers go out to all those who have served and are serving in the military on our behalf; that we may continue to enjoy freedom.
Thank God for all His blessings!
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
–Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
–Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.”
— Psalm 119:45
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
— John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
— John 8:36
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
— Galatians 5:1
“In Him [Christ] and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
— Ephesians 3:12
1861 (July 4), Senate Prayer:
“Almighty and everlasting God, be not angry with us for our sins, which we only confess and deplore; but pardon our offenses and extend to us Thy favor. We thank Thee for Thy goodness on this anniversary of the nation a day tenfold more precious by reason of our present troubles, and sacred to the heart for the ever memorable Declaration of our fathers, in which Thou didst begin more openly to give us a name among the nations of the earth. We thank Thee for all Thy manifold and abundant mercies hitherto to make our nation exceedingly great and glorious; but now disasters have befallen us and darkness broods in the land. And now we ask Thy mercy as the Senate is convening at a most momentous crisis of our history. Give to Thy servants all needed help. Add to their deliberations wisdom and unanimity, and profit and speed to their conclusion. Bless Thy servant, the President of the United States, our veteran Commander-in- Chief, and all that have functions in the civil and military power. May the angel of Thy presence walk in the Cabinet and in the Congress and in the camp, to go before, to purify, and to direct the now greatly and universally-awakened love of country. And we beseech Thee to guide us, to overrule and order all things, and so to cause that nothing shall fail, that the disorders of the land may be speedily healed, that peace and concord may prevail, that truth and righteousness may be established, and that Thy Church and Kingdom may flourish in a larger peace and prosperity, for Thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.”
— Rev. Byron Sunderland, D.D.
(Source: Congressional Globe, 37th Congress, first session, new series, 1, 4 July 1861.)
Happy 4th of July!
God bless you always –
Graduation: Your Story
Writing the Next Chapter in Your Life
Graduation: Your Story (Video by Skit Guys)
“As you graduate you are closing a chapter and beginning a brand new one…
as you write the rest of your story…
Remember to work hard – Remember to listen more than you talk –
Make relationships that will last a lifetime –
Find the right person to marry, and remember you have to be the right person too –
Make sure you take risks – Travel as much as you can –
Always remember to laugh – And most important…
Don’t forget to call your mom, she still worries about you!
Christ said I have come to give you life, and life to the fullest…
This is what you have the chance to achieve –
LIFE – So Go On Living!
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
— Jesus (John 10:10)
This time of year brings many graduations and graduation parties. These are exciting times for young people as they wrap up one chapter in life and move into the next…
It is also a great time to remind us all, regardless of age, that life is constantly moving from one season of life to the next, and it is important to continue to celebrate life!
God bless you always –
Godly Dads Video – D. James Kennedy
Happy Father’s Day!
This video is based on a Father’s Day sermon by D. James Kennedy.
Dads are important and have one of the most important jobs in the world…
and unfortunately it has gone largely unnoticed.
Today we celebrate all fathers and pray that you are all godly dads!
Happy Father’s Day!
God bless you,
Happy Mother’s Day – We Love You Mom! Video
Celebrating Mom Today!
Happy Mother’s Day!
~ Celebrating all moms today and letting you know we love you and appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts. ~
Have a Blessed and Wonderful Day!
God bless you,
Happy 1st Birthday Growing Prosperity!
Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of GrowingProsperity.com
Today is the 1 Year Anniversary Celebration of Growing Prosperity.com!
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement over the year!
It is much appreciated and it has gone a long way in helping keep this project growing…
I’m looking forward to sharing another year of Growing in the Lord with you and expect it to be better than the one before…
And I pray that God enlightens and moves in your life powerfully over the coming days, months, and year ahead!
God bless you –
P.S. Image credits and thanks to Billy Alexander