Debt-Free Living

Debt-free living ties in with my goal for a simplified, less-cluttered, more stress-free life. Did you realize that being in debt and having lots of bills is a big cause of stress? I want to be wiser about spending and saving, so I’m taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class, which teaches you how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and save more. The teaching is based on Biblical principles for handling money and has helped thousands of people pay off large amounts of debt in a short amount of time.

I’m just now starting the class as part of a small group at my church, so I’m not an expert on debt-free living yet! 🙂  However, I did get a chance to hear Dave Ramsey speak in person and he shared five life/financial tips that can be helpful to anyone—each tip has a Scripture to back it up:

  1. Live on a budget (Luke 14:28)
  2. Get out of debt (Proverbs 22:7)
  3. Foster high-quality relationships (I Corinthians 15:33)
  4. Save money (Proverbs 21:20)
  5. Be outrageously generous (2 Corinthians 9:7)

You can find out more about Dave Ramsey, his books, his radio show, his courses, and live events at DaveRamsey.com. Are you familiar with Dave Ramsey and is debt-free living a goal you want to pursue?

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Memphis-Style BBQ Chili

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to Shirley S and awoodruf on winning the two giveaway copies! I’m reviewing a new cookbook, The All-New Official SEC® Tailgating Cookbook from the Editors of Southern Livingand I also have 2 copies of it to give away to 2 winners! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

Are you a tailgating fan? A football fan? A fan of tasty, crowd-pleasing party and comfort foods? I’m not a huge fan of watching football on TV, but I can get into the tailgating part! 🙂 And it’s always fun to cheer on your favorite team at a game. If you’re a fan of football season, you need to know about The All-New Official SEC® Tailgating Cookbook —it’s a great guide for any game day!

Not only is it a great cookbook, it’s fun to read, too! There are features on each of the 14 SEC® (Southeastern Conference) teams and their school traditions. So you’ll learn some fun facts and trivia to share at your next tailgate. 🙂 Continue reading

Hello Autumn

How did summer come and go so fast? Since it’s my favorite season, I’m a little sad to see summer go! But I’m welcoming fall by thinking of all the things I like about this season of change. After the lazy days of summer and vacation time, it seems like the arrival of fall Continue reading

Blueberry-Applesauce Bread

This recipe was a little experiment for me. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I really liked it! This Blueberry-Applesauce Bread is a great quick bread for summer-into-fall. It has the fresh blueberries of summer combined with fall apple flavor, thanks to the Continue reading

The REAL SIMPLE Method to Organizing Every Room

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THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED-congrats to Marge K on winning the giveaway copy! I’m reviewing this new book on home organizing from the Editors of REAL SIMPLE, and I also am doing a giveaway for one copy of it! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I think I was meant to have this book! From the beginning of this year (actually, even before that), organizing and simplifying have been on my mind a lot. It’s this year, though, that I’ve really become serious about it. So this new book, The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room and How to Keep it that Way is just what I needed! I Continue reading