By Alexis Busetti Photo by Dennis Ottink on Unsplash This article was first published as an exclusive on FamilyChristian.com I am by no means an expert skier (I think the term my husband uses for our whole family is novice to novice +), but we love getting out on the slopes. We’ve only been a … Continue reading A Beautiful Obedience
By Alexis Busetti My dad used to kickbox. Like, competitively. He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and since he had a martial arts school in my hometown I didn’t usually have to say much during those “my dad is tougher than your dad” debates in elementary school. As part of his training … Continue reading Run Your Race
This week the gulf coast has been bracing for the potential hit of Hurricane Barry.
By Alexis Busetti Originally posted on familychristian.com The biblical feast of Passover is coming up in a few short weeks and Jewish people all over the world (and more and more Christians as well) will celebrate with a traditional seder meal. There will be matzah, time with family, and a retelling of how God brought … Continue reading Joseph Had a Plan
By Seth Busetti Is wealth the same thing as having money? There are many families who live so modestly that money brings them no joy and offers little reward. For them money is utilitarian, it simply pays the bills and that’s it. On the other hand, there are many people in America with ample cash … Continue reading 10 Ways to Create a Faith Based Wealth Mindset
By Seth Busetti We used the cash envelope system for most of our marriage. Then a few years ago we switched over to a virtual budget management approach. It was a trial in modernizing our finances. In this post I will summarize why we moved away from the cash envelope system, and why after running … Continue reading Making Monthly Finances Easy – Why We are Going Back to the Cash Envelope System
I can't wait for you to get to know my guest on this post! Her name is Keturah Franklin and she blogs over at Gently Defined Mama. Trust me when I tell you the pics of her kids are amazing on Instagram and she definitely has a sense of style, but that's not what first … Continue reading What’s Next? Paying Off Your House!
By Seth Busetti Learning the discipline of frugality is one of the most important steps to getting out of debt and living within your means. Unchecked spending is like a leaking hole in a row boat. You can paddle as hard as you want, but if the ship goes underwater what’s the point? But to … Continue reading 7 Ways Being Frugal Can Be a Financial Roadblock
By Alexis Busetti Money is a tool, right? We have all heard the misquoted Bible verses about money being evil. We might even have some ideas floating around in our heads about people who have money, like lots of it, like more than us. They must be inherently evil, or surely they have at least … Continue reading 5 Ways Money is Like a Chainsaw
By Seth Busetti Giving doesn’t come easy to everyone. The feeling that we want to give or should somehow give to our local church, missions work, humanitarian causes, or to a homeless person on the street corner is probably universal. But for many people there are a dozen reasons justifying why we don’t follow through … Continue reading 5 Steps to Start Charitable Giving on a Tight Budget
By Seth Busetti Pregnancy checkups. Awkward birthing classes. Maternity leave. Medical bills. Diapers. Food. Child care. School fees. Clothing. Sports equipment. Bikes with no training wheels. Emergency room visit. Swimming lessons. Braces. Car insurance. Collision repair. Prescription acne cream. Prom dress. Kayaking trip. College recruiting trips. College tuition. Wedding. What else? Did we cover it … Continue reading Are Kids Holding You Back Financially?
By Seth Busetti My mind doesn’t really want to accept that at 39, I am middle aged. But it is true. My kids are no longer babies. My beard is equal parts gray and whatever color it used to be (my beautiful wife Alexis has managed to fend off the effects of aging!). Sometimes I … Continue reading Are You Ready for Middle Aged Money?
By Seth Busetti In 2014 Alexis and I learned a frustrating lesson about saving while we were upgrading to a bigger house. We had faithfully saved and invested, and we were on track with all of our goals, but then life happened. Our single-story three bedroom house that once seemed so permanent started to get … Continue reading 3 Saving Mistakes Everybody Makes
By Seth Busetti In the fall of 1997 I experienced a cultural wakeup call, which I promptly muted. That was my first semester at college, and it offered a chance to break free of the only mold I knew, which was my 99% white, rural community. College promised the opportunity to experience new people, different … Continue reading Overcoming White Privilege and the Cultural Placebo
By Seth Busetti When Alexis and I got married, we came from two very different tithing backgrounds. Growing up, my family spent a lot of time bouncing between churches, never really finding a home for more than a few years at time. I remember my parents putting money in the collection plate, but don’t recall … Continue reading 5 Ways to Tithe When You’re Between Churches
By Seth Busetti I love that there is an entire community of people sharing their debt free journey on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, or in small groups at their churches. Some people are overcoming oppressive mountains of student loans. Others are unshackling themselves from debilitating consumer debt. You name your social media profiles accordingly. You … Continue reading Beyond Debt Free
Post by Seth Busetti Perhaps I am more stubborn than most of you. When I look back at my life, I realize the times I really embraced change came when I was pushed to my limit. Sometimes it was change from good to better, like a job change, or when we decided that I should … Continue reading Change Comes When It Hurts
By Seth Busetti We’ve all heard it or even said it before…"Oh, they’re really making it, big city jobs and designer clothing!” “They’ve done well for themselves, Jack drives a BMW and Meg has her own jewelry company.” “Jeff is clearly good with money, he even has a house with a pool.” “Sue’s parents are … Continue reading The Facade of Wealth
This post written by Seth Busetti. At the crossroads of every major life decision we check our personal compass and whether external and deliberate, or internalized but no less felt, we ask “is this going to take me closer to my dream?” Maybe that dream is specific like starting a family or buying that dream … Continue reading Are You Free to Realize Your Dreams?